Long Valley Ranch Monterey County Cabernet Sauvignon

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This fantastic, estate grown Cabernet is from Monterey, where the long, cool growing season allows all aspects of the grape to ripen fully where they can be harvested at the perfect balance level between fruit, acidity and tannins.  Aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries and ripe plums are well-integrated with toasty oak spice, vanilla and mocha. This full-bodied wine exhibits beautiful dark fruit, a plush, round mouth-feel, soft tannin structure and a lingering black fruit finish.

 

VINEYARDS: Our estate vineyards in the far southern reaches of Monterey County provide an ideal climate for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. While the spring and summer days are filled with warmth for this sunshine-loving varietal, the cold Pacific Ocean air sweeps down the valley each afternoon to cool things down, sometimes as much as 50°. This wide temperature swing lengthens the growing season and allows the grapes time to ripen slowly and evenly, gaining in depth and intensity with each extra day on the vine.

WINEMAKING: Our grapes are harvested during the night and very early morning to keep the fruit cool in order to preserve delicate nuances of aromas and flavors. Upon arrival at the winery, the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are destemmed, crushed, fermented dry, then racked clean and carefully aged with new and neutral French, American and Hungarian oak for 12 months prior to bottling.

TASTING: Aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries and ripe plums are well-integrated with toasty oak spice, vanilla and mocha. This full-bodied wine exhibits beautiful dark fruit, a plush, round mouth-feel, soft tannin structure and a lingering black fruit finish.

ANALYSIS: HARVEST BRIX 24.3 ̊ ALCOHOL 13.7% | pH 3.69 | TA 6.0 g/L AGING 35% New French, American and Hungarian oak for 12 months