2013 was a great growing season for Cabernet with long warm days and
cool nights. This temperature swing helped build great fruit intensity on the
Kunde Estate. Picking at first light allowed the grapes to get to the winery
chilled. Beginning with the crushing of the cold berries, we lengthened the
cold soak time for 5 days in the tank, prior to letting the native yeasts take
off. For balance and to preserve the rich fruit flavor, we pumped the wine
two times daily. Each of the lots were aged in separate barrels until coming
together four months before bottling. This Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was
aged in our caves for 24 months in small French oak barrels (52% new) and
bottled in December 2015.
We love the opportunity to work with our mountain top vineyards to
craft this crowd pleasing Cabernet. Not only do these vineyards at 1,400 ft.
elevation have one of the best views of the Sonoma Valley, but the mountain
grown fruit tends to have a flavor intensity and structure that is completely
unique to the rugged terroir. These vineyards are ideal for true varietal
expression, and blending in a touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc
rounds out the structure of this full bodied wine.