2015 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
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After harvesting very early on September 17, 2015 the grapes for this wine were destemmed at the winery and transferred to tanks. Fermentation occurred at 85°F to 90°F in small-lot, stainless steel tanks. During fermentation, pump overs and/or punch downs in combination with timely rack and returns were used for seed removal to remove harsh seed tannins and to give intense extraction of color and flavor. Malolactic fermentation was completed to soften the acid level and create a complex mouth feel. All lots were barrel aged in 225 and 265-liter barrels for roughly 16 months in a combination of new and used French and American oak barrels, of which about 50% were new.
Our 2015 Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon starts with an elegant nose of dark ripe blackberry. These characteristics are amplified on the palate with big, bold flavors of dark cherry sprinkled with toasted oak, mocha, vanilla. The wine has a beautiful structure with firm tannins; this Cabernet has an abundant mouthfeel that is great as a standalone wine and even better with any hearty meal.