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Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard

Estate Grown

Cabernet Sauvignon 2020, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
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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.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard Designation
Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
7.2 g/L
26 months in 25% new French oak barrels, 25% 2-year-old French oak barrels, 50% older neutral oak barrels
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This Cabernet’s elegance and appeal begins with the nose and carries through into the luscious cocoa-laced finish. Expressive aromas of dark fruit fuse with traces of forest floor and a rich mineral essence. The velvety entry and smooth mouthfeel reveal ripe blackberry, black currant and dark cherry. Hints of cedar, fine herbs, vanilla and wet slate weave through the opulent palate adding balance and finesse. Integrated oak and supple tannins provide the structure, allowing the core flavors to retain center stage while the structure seamlessly plays its supporting role.
Vineyard Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
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 sophisticated wine pairs beautifully with prime rib roast served with Chantilly potatoes, or herb-encrusted rack of lamb served with porcini infused risotto.