This is our first vintage from this UC Davis Oakville Station. The soft, round tannin structure brings a new profile to our Cabernet lineup. Pretty aromas of dark berries and sweet oak lead to flavors of red cherry, anise and black olive. The mid-palate is soft and supple which brings a round and even texture that finishes with nice oak notes.
The UC Davis Oakville Station is made up of two unique vineyards: The South Station and the Old Federal Vineyard. Since 2014, we have been sourcing fruit from the Old Federal Vineyard, which is considered one of the most significant vineyards in the state if not the world. This vineyard has contributed more to the University’s understanding of viticulture than any other. Research at the Station began with Hiram Crabb and the California Viticulture Commissioners in the 1880s, continued with the USDA until the end of prohibition and is now an integral part of the UC Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology.
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. We then bleed about 10% of the juice to allow for an increased ratio of skin to juice which adds structure, mouthfeel and color to the final wine. After 3 days of cold soak, the juice is inoculated and ferments for approximately 14 days. The wine is then pressed into tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wine is then racked clean into 100% French oak barrels where it passes through malolactic fermentation and then ages for 20 months prior to bottling.
97 cases (12 x 750ml)
Harvest Notes: In 2014, our harvest was unusually early this year as we were in the third consecutive year of drought. We had decent rain in late February and early March which helped to relieved most of the water deficit and gave the vines a vigorous Spring start. "Early" was the key word all season, from bud break to veraison to harvest. Thankfully, the hotter months proved milder than we expected and we believe 2014 to be one of our most balanced vintages.