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2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 'Block 11'
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Alexander Valley
pH
3.75
Aging
18 mos
Bottling Date
May 2018
Alcohol %
14.1

2016 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 'Block 11'

From its purple-black hue to its complex aromas of cassis, wet stone, blackberry, tar, tapenade and sweet tobacco leaf, this is an elegant and age-worthy expression of Cabernet. On the palate, flavors of blackberry, black licorice, and ripe cherry mingle with hints of vanilla, sage, and olives while firm tannins and fresh acidity carry the wine to a long, bright finish.

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SKU: SLCS11162

After picking at a modest 23.0° Brix, fermentation techniques included indigenous yeast, extended 15-day maceration and 100% whole berries. To accentuate their lush, rich fruit character, we gently fermented the grapes in open-top tanks before aging this Cabernet for 18 months as 100% free-run wine in 50% new, seasoned French Sylvain barrels.

To spotlight the rich diversity of our property, we occasionally craft small-production Cabernets from our finest blocks and barrels. These wines represent the pinnacle of our portfolio. This special limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the southern end of our Block 11. This block features clone 337 planted in low-vigor gravelly loam soils, yielding small clusters of intense grapes.

Wine Profile
Vineyards
With abundant winter rainfall and a warm February, the 2016 growing season had an early bud break. The early start to the season was followed by a warm summer without any significant heat events and an ideally timed cool-down in August. The result was a robust crop of excellent quality.
Winemaking
100 cases
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