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Deep ruby in color, this Cabernet Sauvignon boasts a huge amount
of blueberry, plum, and violets on the nose, with oak spices shining
through. On the palate, blue fruit flavors combine with cassis and
plum to create a very deep berry and fruit profile. The wine finishes
with strong oak spice supported by the tannic structure. Very
drinkable with a strong acidity complementing the tannins and fruit
flavors. Drink now, or cellar for up to 15 years.
The fruit was selected from several vineyard sites throughout the
Alexander Valley where Cabernet Sauvignon grows best including
some of St. Jean’s traditional sources: Asti Vineyard, Stuhlmuller
Vineyard as well as Belle Terre vineyard.
The 2015 growing season was one of outstanding quality marked with
ideal weather for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The continuation
of California’s drought brought a dry winter followed by a dry
and early spring with an early bud break. Weather was warm and
consistent throughout late spring and summer which allowed for
full development in the grapes. We began picking the grapes in
September, and while overall yields were low, the quality and depth
of flavor of the fruit was excellent.
After the grapes were harvested and destemmed, Winemaker
Margo Van Staaveren used a combination of open and closed top
fermentation methods. The wine was then barreled down into
60% French and 40% American Oak barrels for 20 months of oak
aging. This wine was bottled in August of 2017 and received another
6 months of bottle age prior to its release on January 1, 2018, to
celebrate the 45th anniversary of our famed winery.