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2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Stuhlmuller Vineyard

$75.00 / 750 mL

Club: $56.25 / 750 mL

Block 8 in the Stuhlmuller Vineyard is located on a 300 foot knoll that faces east gazingat Mount St. Helena. These vines are terraced in alluvial and bench land soil, sandy loam, gravel and rocks, facing such that most of the sun they receive is morning sun. This allows the grapes to ripen on the vine longer than normal, without accumulating too much sugar. The gradual ripening allows produces low yields of small, intensely flavored berries.

Gently hand harvested early in the morning before being carefully sorted, the grapes were destemmed and carefully transferred to a small open top tank. The must was cold soaked at cold temperatures for five days before the onset of fermentation. Twice daily for the next 21 days the wine was stirred with the skins to extract color, flavors, tannins and texture from the grapes. Once fermentation was complete and tannin structure developed, only the free-run wine was drained to a separate tank. The wine was barreled down into 100% French Oak Barrel, 80% of them new, then were aged for 20 months before being minimally filtered and bottled.

Tasting notes

Cranberries, cedar and molasses aromas drift from the glass after the first pour. The aromas are seductive, an intriguing mix of fruit and savory that encourage a pause for consideration. The entry is surprisingly soft and silky with a rush of cherry, cinnamon, cocoa and dried blueberries across the palate. The wine finishes with a touch of sandy tannins and expansive mouthfeel. Drink now or for the next twenty years.

Reviews

98 pts - Best of Class
Direct, honest and nice balance. Licorice, cherry, sweet and spicy. "Triple S" - Sweet, Spicy and Sexy. North Coast Wine Challenge

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