2015 Paul Dolan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Mendocino County Pack, 3 x 750 mL Wine
Manufacturer: Paul Dolan Vineyards
Brand: Paul Dolan Vineyards
North of Ukiah, a rare white deer herd wanders through the hills near the southwest facing foothill vineyard that grew this Cabernet Sauvignon. This full-flavored wine shows the intensity of its red soil roots. It is ripe and plummy, with intriguing notes of anise and brown spice, and the structure to age five years or more from the vintage. This wine is the unique expression of a carefully nurtured piece of land, made manifest in each bottle. We do without conventional pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, treating the soil as a living, lifegiving system. Our winegrowing practices create special wines, while sustaining our environment, the place where we live, and the people who live here.
Moniker Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant wine showcasing three clones – 4, 337 and 191 – from Ukiah Valley’s finest southwestern exposed sites. From maceration to fermentation, we worked to preserve the wine’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 oak’s unique propensity to gather complex flavors over time harmonizes with the secondary tones this Cabernet Sauvignon will develop with age.