2017 Desert Hills Cactus Red
Both Vineyards are situated on the Black Sage Bench, where the east-west orientation allows for great sun exposure, and the famous sandy soil allows for excellent drainage. Leaf thinning throughout the season improved the already good sun exposure and provided excellent ventilation in the fruit zone. Fruit selection and vine spacing led to a fruit count of approximately 3.1 tons per acre.
This inspired blend is comprised of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc and 15% Merlot and 15% Syrah. All grapes were hand harvested and sorted before de-stemmed whole berry to our open top fermenting tanks, where they were cold soaked for ﬁve days with twice daily pump overs. Fermentation was maintained at a consistent 26 degrees with gentle cap management to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
Cooperage: A combination of Stainless steel and French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Textured and ready to drink this wine brings forth ripe berry flavors, and savory spices in a supple and juicy mid palate. A fun and cheerful wine!