Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
It is from favored mountain sites that the best wines originate. The Cabernet Sauvignon selection for our vineyard was propagated fro cuttings we took from Mount Eden Vineyards in the 1980's. This clone was brought to California over 100 years before., with vines taken from Chateaux Margaux. A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, this is a wine that will give an extra reward to those who wish to cellar it. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dry Creek Valley
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
23.6 (at harvest)
25 months in 40% new French oak barrels, 30% 2-year-old French oak barrels, 30% 5-8 year-old neutral oak barrels
With a little time to breathe, this wine offers a smooth sipping experience with just the right touch of tension to create the perfect Bradford Mountain Cab. The nose sets the tone with subtle black currant and blackberry with hints of white pepper, eucalyptus and wet slate. The qualities found on the nose repeat on the palate with the addition of dark chocolate and sweet tobacco notes. Supple tannins and integrated oak gently frame the wine, adding to its elegance and appeal.
This is our most terroir-driven wine: a Peterson wine that shouts out its origin with every sip. Our Bradford Mountain vineyards produce wine grapes with a unique and very recognizable minerality. That expression or sense of place reaches its apex in the Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The cuttings for this vineyard were brought when we moved from Mount Eden in the Santa Cruz Mountains in the 1980’s. This selection, taken by Dr. Rixford in the 1880’s from Chateau Margaux, was planted at his La Questa Vineyard near Woodside in the Santa Cruz Mountains, from where it was propagated in new plantings elsewhere. It’s history and pedigree have shown to be second to none.
The intensity of the Cabernet Sauvignon is complemented with exotic spice from Cabernet Franc, wonderful aromatics from Petit Verdot, and plush fruit qualities from Merlot to create a wine that offers layer upon layer of flavors and aromas. Though big and bold, this is still a wine with balance and finesse. It is not one of those over-oaked and over-extracted creations that are currently the rage with some wine critics yet have no place on the table, nor the potential for successful bottle aging. This is a wine that will definitely benefit from both bottle age and/or decanting to allow the wine to open and reveal all of its depth and complexity
Food Pairing Notes
This is the cork to pop before you start slicing a prime rib served with rosemary roasted baby red potatoes, or veal saltimbocca with a side of fresh gnocchi in a Parmigiano Reggiano and sage cream sauce.