2016 was a return to a 'classic vintage' with an even, temperate growing season. A cool fall with average fruit yields extended our fruit hang time on the vines allowing for slow, even maturation. With such a classic vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, our winemaking goal was to highlight the dark cherry flavors that developed in the vineyard. After hand-picking the grapes we fermented them slowly at cool temperatures to preserve the delicate fruit characteristics. After fermentation was complete we left the juice on the skins for an extended period to further develop mouthfeel and length. 20 months in 40% new French Oak barrels accentuated the natural tannin profile. This vintage of our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an extremely elegant and finessed palate, with natural acidity that makes it an exceptional wine to enjoy with dinner.
94 points, Rich Cook
"Classic varietal aromas and flavors with a Paso twist, but more depth than a lot of other examples from the locale. The nose is forward Black Cherry and currants, delivered on the palate with mild dried herbs and well-folded oak spice, riding a moderate grip through a long finish.
VINEYARD 85% bootjack ranch, 15% heart hill vineyard
BLEND 84% cabernet sauvignon, 9% Carmenere, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% cabernet franc