Year in and year out the very best Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the “Clone 337” block of our estate vineyard surrounding the winery. We used to believe Clone 337 was just a superior Cabernet clone for our terroir but have come to believe it is actually because of the vineyards’ proximity to Dry Creek. The block is planted on an ancient riverbed so the soils are more gravelly and well drained, which results in very deep, rich fruit flavors. This theory was recently bolstered when we dug into the soil for irrigation lines and had to dig through all the small rocks and gravel. The entire vineyard is fabulous, but we like to show off this particular block by bottling a portion separately as our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep ruby red and soft velvet colors paired with a gorgeous nose of currants, blackberry and black cherry rounded out by toasted oak, vanilla, cocoa and nutmeg notes. Rich, dense and intense on the palate showcasing flavors of cherry candy, cocoa and ripe red fruit wrapped in a blanket of fine French oak, a very brash wine. A nice, long finish with red fruit, cocoa and oak persists. The wine is seamless, sexy and delicious. Pair with red meats or enjoy with light cheese to really savor the flavors of the wine.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon: Estate Vineyard, Oak Knoll District
Harvest dates: October 9 – 11, 2013
Bottling date: July 27, 2015
Cases produced: 214
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.24 g/L
Winemaker: Bradley Smith