From the winery: "Tasting Notes & Food Pairings Highly aromatic notes of blackberry, boysenberry, cassis and dark plum are complemented by hints of loam, mineral and dark chocolate Rich, concentrated and vibrant on the palate, the wine’s deep, intense, blackberry, boysenberry, and blackcurrant flavors are balanced by uncharacteristically mild tannins and persist throughout a long, savory finish featuring spice, mineral and dark chocolate tones. More accessible in its youth than previous vintages of Vine Hill, this intense, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon will nonetheless benefit from a decade of additional bottle aging. Winemaking Cakebread Cellars winemaker Julianne Laks utilizes traditional artisan winemaking techniques to maximize the singular character of our Vine Hill fruit. After the grapes are crushed, the must (unfermented juice and skins) from each of the three vineyard lots is cold-soaked separately for 48 hours to extract color, aromas and flavors prior to initiating fermentation with a cultured French yeast strain. To emphasize vineyard characteristics, fermentation techniques suit this individual site with a warm fermentation and gentle tannin extraction. Once fermentation completes, the wines enjoy an extended maceration on their skins to fully extract color and flavor and soften tannins. Our 2014 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 61% new, before bottling on July 19th, 2016."
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