Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine showcasing three clones â€“ 4, 337 and 191 â€“ from Ukiah Valleyâ€™s finest southwestern exposed sites. From maceration to fermentation, we worked to preserve the wineâ€™s tannic backbone: cold soaking the grapes for two days, pumping over the cap, and briefly leaving some of the lots on the skins for greater extraction. We chose a Languedoc yeast strain prized for delivering optimum fore-mouth volume while retaining varietally correct flavors, then blended in a touch of Petite Sirah for power and Cabernet Franc for a lacing of tobacco. French oakâ€™s unique propensity to gather complex flavors over time harmonizes with the secondary tones this Cabernet Sauvignon will develop with age.
There's nothing like a White Christmas, but here on the Central Coast we rarely get snow. So, we drink win instead! This 3 pack has the perfect wine spectrum ranging from a crisp, stainless-steal Sauvignon Blanc to a floral and fruity Viognier to the light, smooth and creamy Chardonnay.
We were very happy with 2012 as the vintage was very similar to 2008. It is one of the best in recent memory. Fall conditions supported long hang times without over ripening. That steadiness allowed the fruit to develop great structure and elegance. This is balanced with acidity from the cool nights plus the concentration of color, tannins and richness because of the warm days.