Afterglow - Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Estate Wine, Solano County Green Valley
This deeply colored wine offers a complex mix of dark fruit flavors with hints of spice and cocoa. Just a touch of Syrah enhances the Cabernet Sauvignon base, expanding the fruit profile and contributing to a smooth, silky texture and a long, lingering finish. The result is an elegant and balanced wine that is both delicious and versatile.
This small block of Cabernet vines, generally western-facing on a bench above Green Valley Road, struggles in shallow, volcanic soil. It has lower yields of smaller clusters but more concentrated fruit, and moderate tannins. With an average of 30 degrees diurnal temperature variation, the Cabernet is able to ripen fully while retaining its clean natural acidity.
The weather in 2013 was generally mild, but late season heat led to a harvest in mid-September, earlier than usual in what would be the first year of a five-year drought. Modest yields moderated the early harvest, allowing the grapes to develop ripe fruit flavors and balanced acidity, which contributed to a smooth 16-day fermentation.
Cabernet Sauvignon 99%, Syrah 1%