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Cabernet 16

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Cabernet 16
Cabernet 16

Winemakers: Ken Abbott, Betsy Long

AVA: Red Mountain

Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 100% Obelisco Estate Vineyard

Case Production: 670 cases

Alcohol:  approx 15% vol.

Barrels: 100% French Oak, 20 months in the barrel.  40% new Oak, 60% neutral

Tasting Notes: Deep purple red to almost black color. The first smell conjures dark boysenberry, blackberry and underlying dark fruit. The nose is tickled with some rounded exotic spices and toasted vanilla. On the palate this Cab wakes up your palate with notes of fresh concentrated berries balanced with a plethora of mixed gentle spices. The flavors melt through the whole palate, while tannins wake up the mid palate and leave you with wide palate of flavors fading into the taste buds for a long while. The mouth-feel covers all the taste buds and take you from dry to slightly sweet. The breadth of this Cab is truly Red Mountain.

Cellaring: Because of the way this wine is made combined with the fact it is 100% Red Mountain Cab, it should age well for the next 10 to 15 years. It is amazing right now.

Production: The fruit for this wine is from the Obelisco Vineyard. The high density planting yields smaller berries, which contribute to the concentrated flavors. Combine this with 20 months in oak which is 100% French and you get a wine that is powerful yet balanced, seamlessly combining great fruit and oak.  The heavy press added to this wine give it more of a punch.

Harvest notes: 2016 was another warm year and we are getting used to it. The Cabernet had plenty of time on the vine despite a quick start. Thankfully the cool nights that happen in September on Red Mountain slowed the sugar production down a bit and let the flavors develop just enough. The Cab is always the last off of the vine. The mature flavors developed on the vine along with really ideal skin content make for a broad spectrum in flavors for any version of Obelisco Cab.

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