When we first decided to plant vines, we had our soil and climate analyzed to find the perfect grape variety for our vineyard. As it turned out, the unique combinaton of rocky soils and bay-influenced weather is ideal for the closely related Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc varieties, both of which are well known for their contribution to the classic blends of Bordeaux. And while we could plant other varieties, why bother? It would just take away vineyard space from the Cabernet, and the results wouldn't be as good.
We actually have two separate vineyards in the East Bay Hills; one of which is visible from the winery and is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, the other of which, known as the Cinq Chevaux block, is about a half mile further up the hill and is planted with only Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes from these two blocks have been blended, kept separate, aged the same, or treated differently depending on the year and the grand plans of Mark, our winemaker.
2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
14.1% Alcohol by Volume
Less than 200 cases were produced of our Estate Cabernet in 2013. It was aged in new French oak barrels for just over two years and then bottle aged for several months before release. We released it a little younger than we typically do with our estate wines (we were sold out of everything!), so don't hesitate to lay this one down for a few months- or years!
This wine is bursting with blackberry, currant and plum complemented by ripe, bold tannins that create a decadent mouthfeel and long finish. Though we expect it to peak around 2020, that doesn't mean we don't love it now! Especially with the right pairing. Plus it will sell out long before then, so you have to plan ahead!
This is a hearty wine that deserves a hearty pairing. Try it with braised short ribs or beef tenderloin (especially with a fruit-based sauce, like blackberry!) if you're looking for a full, rich meal that's sure to impress. Or, if you're on the hunt for simpler fare; meatballs, sharp cheddar or aged Gouda make excellent matches.
2013 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Cinq Chevaux Block
13.3% Alcohol by Volume
These grapes were vinified in the same style as the above wine, with the only difference being the source of the grapes. Our Cinq Chevaux vineyard is just a half mile away from the winery, but the vines were planted at the same time, are the same clone, are close enough to have the same weather, so the only difference is the soil.
Despite being handled the same way, these two wines have such consistent, and consistently different, flavors, we believe we have isolated some of the notes specific to each site. Cinq Chevaux Cabernets have a more floral, fruity nose, a rich texture that evolves into a coffee-like earthiness, and a cranberry-cherry acidity that speaks to their ageability.
Paprika-seasoned chicken sauteed in brown sugar with mushrooms and onions is an easy match for this wine, or gorgonzola quiche for something a little different.
2014 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON: Bottle Aging, Not Scheduled for Release
2014 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE: Bottle Aging, Not Scheduled for Release