Tuesday we will be mailing out our Winter Release letter.
It will be our first 100% Santa Cruz Mountains release, our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains.
Our Santa Cruz Mountains Cabernet is from two vineyards on the eastern side of the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA. Grapes from both vineyards were harvested on 10/20/2006 by hand in the early morning. The wine contains 94% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Harvest Moon Vineyard and 6% Merlot from the Elandrich vineyard. The grapes were 100% de-stemmed but not crushed and then co-fermented.
Fermentation went well and the wine was pressed on 11/2/2006 then transferred to two new Seguin Moreau French Oak barrels and two older French Oak barrels. The wine spent a total of 21 months in barrel before being bottled. Final alcohol was 14.0 % with a pH of 3.81. 97 cases were produced.
The wine is dark ruby in color with a distinct nose of mint, eucalyptus, and crushed berries. The wine is plush and long on the palate with currant, berry and dark ripe fruit. The wine shows a long and full finish with fully ripe tannins and spicy notes that compliment the deep, dark fruit. This wine promises a long life in bottle.
Three packs will be $120, with 6 packs at $220.
We've increased allocation amounts for many people this time around. With such uncertainty in the economy we think some people may be cutting back, and wanted to offer those that purchase a chance at more wine. This wine just won a silver medal at the San Francisco Chronicle wine competition. The first wine we've entered in a competition.