2016 VS CABERNET SAUVIGNON, LIVERMORE VALLEY

 

$49

 

TA: 5.2 g/l

pH: 3.5

Brix at harvest: 25.3

Harvest date: 10/11/2016-11/9/2016

Aging treatment: Barrel aged 24 months

New Oak: 33% New American Blended Oak

69% Wong Vyd, 21% Walker Vyd, 6% Crane Ridge, 2% Petite Sirah, 2% Grenache


 

Winemaker’s Notes:

“The grapes for this wine come from several different vineyards in the Livermore Valley. They have been selected for producing exceptional wines for the region.

 

The Livermore Valley will produce stunning Cabs, and this vintage is no exception. The East end of the valley provides heat, deep soils, and a length to the day during the growing season that provides for weighty Cabernet Sauvignon. The west end has more pocketed terrain, more fertile ground and more even ripening.

 

I have spent 30 years in search of the vineyards to craft into world class Cabernet Sauvignon. Every vineyard in my cellar competes for the right to be in the VS series Cab.”

Dane Stark, Owner & Winemaker


Tasting Notes:

This wine has a solid red hue, clear on the edges, with no browning or fading, its color is youthful.

Oak, cedar and heavy berries dominate the aroma with an enticing undercurrent of floral notes and classic Cabernet Cassis.

The palate is balanced and youthful with oak tannins on the sides and dusty currant and roses on the mid palate.

Oak plays a medium roll in this wine which saw a third new oak barrels from various American forests for balance. Its robust mouthfeel and balanced finish is dry and refined, extended.

It will age beautifully.