William Knuttel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Windsor Oaks Vineyard, Chalk Hill, 2014
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Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, and spiced tea rise unabated from this inky black wine. A well-integrated backbone of velvety tannins and toasty oak highlights cherry and cassis flavors, leading to concentrated fruit in a seamless and assertive finish. Our entire block of Windsor Oaks Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was hand harvested on September 11th, 2015, after a warm and steady growing season ripened one of the smallest crops we have seen in this vineyard. For this single vineyard bottling, the ripest and most flavorful section of the vineyard was crushed separately into one-ton fermenters. Native fermentation began spontaneously after three days of a cold soak. The cap was punched down three times per day through the end of fermentation, and then pressed off immediately. The free run portion was racked to French oak for twenty months of aging, at which time eight barrels (four new and four 2-year-old) were selected for this bottling.