2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Valley
The central theme for the 2005 harvest was high quality and quantity, a rare and fortunate combination. 2005 started with rains in the spring and early summer, and then a long, cool growing season allowed for slow development of flavor. The rains held off until late October, allowing pretty much everything to ripen nicely and get picked before the rains arrive. Our Cabernet Sauvignon in particular, showed really good structure from the get go. We held off releasing this wine a few years until it was ready, after releasing both the 2006 and 2007 vintage. Our organic hillside vineyards lend themselves to making big, full-bodied wines. From the top of our Cab block, you can see from one end of the valley to the other. John proclaims “Cab needs a view to make great wine”. Cabernet vines are a vigorous variety, and given abundant water and nutrients they will produce excessive crop and foliage– exactly the opposite of what we want to make quality wine. By planting the vines in rocky hillside ground, we force the vines to toil and produce smaller crops and berries. The small berries give us intense flavor with concentrated tannins and acidity, perfect for aging. The thinner leaf growth allows for more sun exposure to drive off vegetal flavors and develop darker color. The 2005 shows off a great vintage as well as what great mountain fruit can do for a wine. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blackberry, and plum fill the glass with notes of vanilla oak- from 24 months ageing in 50% new French oak barrels. Even though it is a 2005, this wine has the structure to age and improve over the next 5-7 years.