Cabernet Sauvignon, Carver Vineyard, 2010, 1500 ml
We are very excited to release our first wine solely off the Carver Vineyard. Planted circa 1980, Carver boasts a south facing slope at 1550’ on York Mountain just 8 miles from the Pacific. Plenty of sunshine, cool coastal breezes and a long growing season make it an ideal location to grow unique yet correct Cabernet Sauvignon. What more could a winemaker want? Aged for just over 3 years in a selection of French and Hungarian barriques, this wine is built for the long haul. A savory, cool climate nose of black olive and tobacco open to reveal a sweet dark berry and chocolate palate with a round anise finish. This wine is well structured with a wonderful balance of richness and energy that are framed by fine tannins. It was an alluring dinner companion to a chipotle and cocoa rubbed grass fed beef rib steak. Drink 2014-2030
By Josh Raynolds
Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, Nov/Dec 13
Inky ruby. Deeply scented blackberry, licorice and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of pipe tobacco and black cardamom. Sappy, focused and sweet in the mouth, offering highly concentrated, smoke-tinged dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors that gain energy and spiciness with aeration. Dusty tannins come on late, adding structure to a long, smoky finish.