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2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

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    Sheldon Cabernet Sauvignon | D'Allaird Vineyard | Sonoma Valley 

    100% Neutral French Oak | pH 3.78 | TA .68 | ALC 13.4% | 50 cases captured into barrel

    92 Points

    Why I made this wine:

    The D’Allaird vineyard allows me to express a different approach; one I like to refer to as my tribute to 1985, my nostalgia vintage. Back when the vineyard and grape told the story rather than the heavy-handed use of new barrels and ultra ripe harvesting became the norm. 2014 marks our third vintage working with this lovely and unique vineyard in Sonoma Valley. Trained on a quadrilateral pergola style trellis the fruiting zone is located much higher up from the ground than most California plantings. By raising the canopy into an arbor-like structure, two things are achieved. First, it reduces the radiant heat coming up off the ground. Secondly, we get neither full sun, nor full shade, and the fruit is allowed to ripen in a perfect dappled lighting environment, aiding in full flavor development with a classically modest potential alcohol, between 12.5%-13.5%


    Winemaker Tasting Notes:

    Deep crimson, violet at the edges, with good clarity. A bright, high-tone example of Cabernet. Black currant and tart cherry lead off, with black tea and dark plum following into the mid palate. Nice balance of acidity, medium-full bodied, with a firm band of ripe tannin. Of the three vintages, I feel like this offering has the longest cellaring potential. If you have the willpower, I would suggest laying down 2014 for 4 to 5 years just to see it hitting its stride. I will be burying a few cases to see where the next decade takes it. Basket pressed to 2 barrels, six-year-old previously seasoned French Oak. Unfiltered and unfined. Racked via gravity on new moon cycles. (Gravity affecting solids in wine and all that.)

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