Fermented in both stainless steel (15%) and neutral French Oak barrels (85%), the wine reflects the pronounced fruit flavors and high quality of the vintage. Pale gold in hue with aromas of citrus blossom, lemon curd, passion fruit and lime zest with a touch of buttered popcorn and minerality in the glass. A round palate follows with balanced acidity, guava, mango and a satiny weight with ocean essence.
The grapes come from the winery's estate vineyards on Howell Mountain, and you can sense the mountain intensity, both of tannins and fruity concentration. The flavors are impressive, suggesting black currant and mocha, with a minerality that grounds the wine. The tannins will help the wine evolve until 2020-2022, but you can drink it now.
Intense aromas of black cherry, blackberry, inky, tar and gravel. Big and rich on the palate with velvety tannins and ageworthy acid. Rich oak and a fine finish.
"Topography matters!" Topography Wine has bright red fruit, cherry, raspberry, floral, bramble and tea leaf, cherry cola, hint of vanilla, great flavors and well balanced acidity. A classy and quafable wine with valley suppleness and a mountain core.
Complex aromas of black, blue and red fruit that continually change in the glass. Oceans of blueberry, cherry, raspberry, cola, cocoa, strawberry. Savory, briary, dried flowers, full bodied and rich.
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2015 vintage will be known for higher quality of fruit with lower yields. In a year that was considered to be the peak of the drought, the relatively dry and warm winter resulted in small clusters with deeply concentrated flavors and textures. Cooler spring temperatures in May caused a longer flowering period and uneven fruit set, which resulted in less than average quantities. While the warmer than typical summer temperatures brought an early harvest, the expression of aromas, flavors and structure in the 2015 vintage wines are the epitome of our Howell Mountain hillside fruit.