2019 Block Twelve Cabernet Sauvignon
Fabulously complex and inviting, this wine offers classic layers of crème de cassis, blackberry, violets, and licorice. Though bold and intense on the palate, fine-grained tannins add a lovely freshness and textural elegance to the voluptuous flavors. The finish is long and satisfying with nuanced hints of leather and graphite mingling with dark berry fruit.
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
18 months in 50% new French oak
150 cases produced
Our renowned vineyard features eleven benchland and hillside blocks of Cabernet. To spotlight this diversity, we occasionally craft small-production Cabernets from our finest blocks. This limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the crown jewel of our estate—2.5 acres of Cabernet vines planted in the 1980s. Planted in silty soils on a gravel bed to the famed Belle Terra field selection, our prized Block Twelve always yields some of our most complex and compelling Cabernet.
Harvested on October 17th at 24.8⁰ brix, Block Twelve was one of our last blocks to come in. Key fermentation techniques included indigenous yeast, 27-day maceration, and 100% whole berries. 50% of the blend was fermented in open-top tanks, with the remainder in new French oak barrels. The final blend was made entirely from free-run wine and aged in French oak barrels for 18 months, with 50% new oak.