2011 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Hawley Vineyard
The 2011 vintage was widely cursed by winemakers as one the most difficult vintages Sonoma County has seen. Small crops, a growing season that rarely got above 90 degrees and early October rain storms did not bother our hillside Cabernet vineyard. 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 2011 shows off a great vintage as well as what distinguishes mountain grown fruit.
This classically structured Cab is drinking beautifully now, with delicate aromas of cedar and fresh cranberries. On the palate, flavors of black tea and red currant are elegantly structured with firm tannins. Decanting this wine in its youth will encourage it to soften and reveal additional layers of fruit and spice. Patience will be rewarded by further softening of the tannin and acidity along with development of complexity and depth of fruit.
Case Production - 232 cases