The Domaine Cabernet is a mosaic of our home, the middle of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Reflecting the five classic Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 12%, Cabernet Franc 8%, Petit Verdot 4% and Malbec 1%, all the vineyards, including Domaine and Estate, are grown in rugged high mountain sites and are farmed to rigorous standards. The goal is to produce a Bordeaux-styled Cabernet from the historically best part of our appellation.
Our methods are consistent with the Estate Cabernet: moderate ripeness at harvest, native fermentations, no manipulation and two years of cave cellaring in thigh quality barrles. The wine displays a dense ruby-purple color with an earthy cassis nose and nuances of black cherry, licorice and espresso. Elegant, middle weight flavors are pure and classic with black currant, cedar and earth. Tannins are moderate given our low extraction fermentation (i.e. short) yet bolstered with an overall seamless structure and lengthy finish. Cellaring, given its coastal mountain provenance is promising for another fifteen to twenty years.
“Layers of expressive fruit linger on the radiant, juicy finish. This is an especially open and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon. The sweet tannins should allow it to drink beautifullyupon release.” The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec
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