Summer Release Wines – 2012 Sonoma Coast Cabernet, Fort Ross – Seaview AVA
Secretly known as the Jesus Vineyard
Sonoma Coast Cabernet – Cool, Cooler, Coolest
There’s a lot of talk about cool climate in California these days. Some of it is real, some is marketing speak, and most is somewhere in-between. What we can tell you is that far out on the hillsides of the “True Sonoma Coast” Cabernet Sauvignon is testing its limits. We hope you enjoy this one-of-a-kind wine.
Due to limited production of this inaugural release – this wine has been allocated and all offers will be on a first come, first served basis.
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon – Fort Ross-Seaview – $60
Field Blend ~ 85% Cab Sauv, 5% Merlot, 5% Cab Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Mixed Loam & Volcanic Soils
100 cases produced 13% Alc. 50% Whole Cluster
Planted in 1999 above the fog line on a rocky ridge just 5 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, this vineyard boasts a westerly gaze that falls upon several of the most prominent Pinot Noir Vineyards in California. The same combination of cool ocean air and plentiful sunshine that has built some of the states most balanced Pinots, has proven that it can ripen the Bordeaux varietals if planted in just the right spot. The mild and extended growing season allows the grapes to reach a deep maturity of color and flavor at lower alcohol levels, while maintaining a natural acidity that will keep this wine fresh for years and years.
Notes: This wine reflects a classic era of California Cabernet. Deep red in color, the nose leads with muddled raspberries, briar, cassis and a hint of pencil lead. Black cherry and balsam on the palate, the wine is just dense and chewy enough to let you know it is Cabernet, but drinks bright and fresh with lively acidity. Soft and resolved tannins and a touch of cigar box round out the lingering finish.
Aging: Quite frankly, we expect this wine to last a long time. If you open a bottle within the next year a 2 hour decant is a must, and don’t be afraid to open the day before. Drink 2016-2025