Our fourth Estate Cabernet Sauvignon release to our S.V. members is a tribute to the early winegrowing days of our region. This grape was one of the first varieties planted in the Santa Clara Valley well before the Civil War. We grow these grapes with great care and attention, with a highly restricted yield, to develop the excellent concentration we find in the wine.
This limited estate release was hand-harvested, fermented in small lots and matured in 25% new French oak for 15 months. The light percentage of new oak adds a delicate enhancement to the wine without overshadowing the natural deliciousness. The result of meticulous winegrowing is a very well-balanced wine with a burst of rich red dark cherry, black plum and violet aromas and flavors. Hints of herbs and baking spice round out this wine that has a smooth finish and tannins. The Estate Cabernet would pair nicely with a spicy beef stew over parmesan polenta.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Cooperage: French oak, 25% new, 15 months