Tasting Notes

Distinctive and refined, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherries, blackberries, rose-bush brambles, and crushed gravel with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Uplifting acidity gives this wine a focused energy with pure flavors that expand on the palate. Layers of mixed berries, black and red cherry, currant, and plum lead to a long, lingering finish. Velvety tannins provide a supple mouth-feel.

The Year

Bud break started more than two weeks early at the beginning of April. Then we experienced a significant cool-down period and ended up two weeks behind typical growing patterns by mid-June. Due to the unseasonable weather during bloom, our berry counts per cluster were reduced, which translates into a
very small crop. However, this small crop load was a blessing. Despite the cool summer (only two days above 100 degrees), we were able to ripen each block perfectly. All of these variables produce wines of the 2010 vintage which embody exceptional structure and balance, showcasing rich, vibrant flavors and bright acidity.

Viticulture

Entirely estate; Certified Sustainable and Salmon Safe.
Founding member of VINEA.

Wine Specifics

Varietal(s): 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot
Vineyard(s): 66% Seven Hills, 34% Pepper Bridge
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Awards & Accolades

“All five Bordeaux grapes are blended in this aromatic wine sourced from Seven Hill Vineyard and Pepper Bridge Vineyard. In the mouth it is compact with a dense verticality, opening with raspberry and moving on into cassis fruit. Tight and young, compact and nicely structured, this should be cellared. . .”
– Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast, 92 points

 

“Healthy bright ruby-red. Restrained, pure aromas of currant, mocha, brown spices and subtle oak lifted by a floral accent. Suave and savory on the palate, with currant, plum, herb and burnished spicy oak elements perfuming the mouth. Lovely, refined texture and energy here. Finishes with very suave but serious building tannins, with a peppery element contributing energy without coming off as overly herbal. I can’t recall tasting a finer Cabernet from this winery.
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

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