Selected from our two organically farmed estate vineyards: Stone Edge Farm, located on the west side of the Sonoma Valley, in soils studded with the rounded stones from the ancient floods of Carriger Creek as it plunges from the steep moun- tains above, and Mount Pisgah Vineyard, situated some 1300 feet above the Sonoma valley floor in the ruggedly volcanic Mayacamas Mountains that define the eastern side of the valley.
The 2007 Vintage has been referred to as the vintage of the decade. A low rainfall winter led to an early bud push and reduced vine vigor, producing smaller clusters and berries with greater density of flavor. Moderate summer temperatures with few heat spikes allowed the vines adequate moisture to ripen the lighter crop. Once we got past an early September heat spell, cool temperatures allowed long hang time on the vines without excess sugar accumulation. Fruit was harvested clean, ripe, and bursting with flavor and color.
This wine is rich, dark, deep, mysterious, complex--you’ll have to taste it to believe it. It is a collector’s wine, suitable for extended cellar aging where it should peak in balanced fruit at about 12 years of age, but increase in nuanced complexity for decades more.
Blend: 32% Cabernet Sauvignon Stone Edge Vineyard, 49% Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Pisgah Vineyard, 19% Merlot Stone Edge Vineyard
Vineyard Source (certified organic):
Stone Edge Vineyard
Mount Pisgah Vineyard
Cooperage: 26 months in 100% new French oak barrels
Filtration/Fining: Unfined, light filtration at bottling
Harvest: October 9–26
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Cases Produced: 600
Average Crop Level: 2 tons per acre
Aging Potential (recommended): 15 to 30 years
Fermentation: Grapes were harvested from October 9 through October 26 and hand-sorted before and after destemming. Fermentations were in one-ton open top fermenters, with punchdowns 2-4 times per day. Fermenters were gently pressed to barrel with a Carlsen basket press.
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon