2010 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2010
Appellation: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
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Winery Notes:
Varietal-­‐ 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyard-­‐ The vineyard is located in Southern Alexander Valley, along the Western bench of the Mayacamas. These soils are rocky and volcanic, with excellent early and mid-­‐day sun exposure. The water stressed vines thrive only because the Mayacama peaks protect them from the harsh afternoon sun. Yield: 3 tons/acre.

Vintage-­‐ 2010 was overall a fairly cool growing season, but was punctuated by two powerful heat waves in July and August. This shriveled a lot of fruit to the detriment of our growers. The silver lining, however, was that this lighter crop reached a level of fruit maturity that may not have been attainable otherwise.

Fermentation-­‐ The grapes were destemmed only, then transferred by gravity to stainless steel fermentation tanks. After a long cold soak, the must was allowed to warm and ferment with indigenous yeast. After a steady fermentation to complete dryness, the new wine stayed on the grape skins for an extended maceration to develop mouthfeel and structure. The wine was pressed off 43 days after it went into tank. Malolactic fermentation was left to complete indigenously.

Harvest Date: October 28th, 2011

Winemaker: Dan Fitzgerald

Cooperage & Aging: The wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels, 30% new. Bottling: April 2012

Production: 2,500 cases

Sensory Notes: The 2010 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is the most deeply colored to date that we have seen in this wine. The concentrated dark purple is a reliable hint as to the structure and plush fruit that follows. Aromas of currant, roasted nuts and winter spice, the tannin profile is as concentrated as the fruit. A wonderful result of the smaller yields on the vines and a great year for the consumer, this wine will age and age.

Final Technical Information: pH: 3.61 TA: .59 Alc: 14.2%