2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines in our Jardine vineyard are clones 337 and 15. We believe that these two clones are best suited to the area of Paso Robles. This Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested last, after all the other fruit was picked and in the cellar. The grapes were hand harvested and delivered in half-ton bins to the winery, where they were destemmed and gently crushed into a temperature controlled stainless steel fermenter. During fermentation, the must was pumped over three times a day to extract the color, tannins and flavors out of the skins. The extended maceration of six days after dryness yielded more complex flavors and rounder tannins in the finished wine. Gentle pressing of the pomace resulted in less astringent tannins. The young wine was then racked to barrels for malic fermentation. Ten percent Petit Verdot was added for deeper color and fresh, fruity flavor, and 10% Merlot was added to round out the tannins. After blending, the wine was filtered gently and bottled.
Enjoy now through 2006.
- Color: Medium ruby red
- Aroma: Fresh, floral Cabernet bouquet, fine fruity flavors with some Eucalyptus
- Taste: Full, elegant body with a nice sweet finish, black chocolate and noble wood notes