2017 The Vineyardist Calarcadia Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
"The 2017 Vineyardist is our flagship Cabernet Sauvignon from our oldest vineyard situated on volcanic hillsides atop Diamond Mountain. Grapes were harvested at yields close to 1 1/2 tons per acre and barrel aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak. The result is a seductive and complex wine with spectacular aromatics of ripe blackberries, spice box, candied black cherries, violets, crushed stones and pen ink. Hints of espresso bean, rose petals, new suede leather and Christmas fruitcake fill our this fragrant landscape. The mid-palate is dense and rich with terrific fruit extract revealing loads of minerality, earth notes and creme de cassis. This elegance is enhanced by the substantial tannins, which are supple and velvety, making for a beautifully balanced wine. While delicious now, this will be a wine to enjoy for more than three decades."
-Mark Herold, Winemaker