Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

- St. Amand


Description and Flavor Profile: Estate fruit harvested from the northern Dry Creek Valley, where these Bordeaux varietals excel. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot were handpicked just a mile from the winery. Here these varietals develop exceptional character on the vineyard sites situated on the valley bench. The vines receive the right amount of sun and cooling fog which develops optimal flavors in the grapes. Careful vineyard management during the growing season defines our style even more.

Rich aromas of berry jam, oregano and toasted oak introduce our Cabernet Sauvignon. Blueberry and cherry fruit, hints of cedar, dark chocolate and clove follow on the palate. Firm tannins, great structure and good acidity combine with a long toasted oak finish. The Process: The grapes were harvested over the third week of September after a warm growing season.

Mild acids, soft tannins and high intensity of color and flavors dominate in this vintage. The fruit was crushed into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Periodic pump-overs of the cap during fermentation gives the wine a substantial increase of flavor, tannin and color. Adding Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot adds levels of flavor and complexity. Our Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 70% American oak barrels for 12 months in order to develop smoothness and complexity. Our additional Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in 70% American oak barrels for twelve months in order to develop smoothness and complexity.

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. An additional 30% was aged in new French oak to provide a subtle backbone of vanilla and toasted oak highlights. Blending in Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec adds depth. The integrated flavors between the five varietals show optimum richness and balance.

Varietal: 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Cabernet Franc, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County

Aging Potential: Enjoy now through 2022

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