THE VINEYARDS: Chalk Hill is an appellation with, generally, warmer days than in the rest of the Russian River Valley, with a variety of volcanic and alluvial soils across the western foothills of the Mayacamas range, rising 200 to 300 feet in elevation. Here, at our Los Amigos Ranch, just South of Healdsburg, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot develop deep, bold flavors.
THE GROWING SEASON: 2014 was an exceptionally good year for growing grapes in the Russian River Valley. A gradual heat progression through the growing season, combined with an above average yield allowed the fruit to ripen slowly, ensuring maximum flavor development.
THE WINEMAKING: Our single vineyard Cabernet is aged for up to 18 months in a combination of European and American oak. The wine contains a small amount (3%) of Merlot, also from our Los Amigos ranch, to enhance the silky texture of this exquisite Cabernet.
THE WINE: This incredibly dark crimson-violet Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits bright aromas of raspberry and cherry with notes of cinnamon spice, vanilla, and clove with a nice touch of oak. The multi-layered flavors of blackberry, juicy cherries, and spice combine well with a long, lingering finish of mixed berry, dried currant, cassis, black pepper and a hint of dill. The rich flavor and deep character of this balanced wine displays soft tannins which pair well with a nice prime rib. This Cabernet can be cellared for many years.