Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
Sweet mash-up of mulberries and blackberries, melted licorice, mocha, Cuban cigar factory, spice box. Penetrating flavors of dark berry fruitiness, Madagascar spice bazaar, Caffe mocha.
Cabernet Sauvignon, America’s most popular grape, has a long association with Napa Valley where cuttings from Bordeaux, France were first planted in the 1880s. Yet this powerful variety has shown remarkable adaptability to other warm weather micro-climates in California, with particular success in specific terroirs of the western coastal mountains of Paso Robles. Adelaida’s Viking Vineyard on a dramatic 30 degree slope at 1700 feet is a proven “Grand Cru” site. Planted in 1991 in the recently designated Adelaida District its vines produce very small berries due to the yield limiting chalk rock soils, its south facing exposure allows for the full sweep of the summer sun promoting optimum physiological ripeness and the dramatic diurnal temperature swings emanating from the fog bound Pacific coast ensure the retention of balancing natural fruit acidity. Cabernet connoisseurs can look beyond Napa Valley for super premium expressions of their favorite grape.
The finished wine, while tightly knit at this stage, is a deep blueish-red with a violet perfume revealing the purity of just-picked mountain blueberries and blackberries accented by vanilla, white chocolate and sweet cedar. Aeration or decanting are recommended for current drinking revealing further aromatic complexity, expanding the range of mid-palate layers and exposing a smorgasbord of liqueur-like blue-black fruits, cocoa and toasty notes. A wine with good bone structure, drink now through 2030.
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Planted in 1991, Viking Vineyard was Adelaida’s first estate vineyard and is a true Cabernet site. Located in the coastal- influenced Adelaida District, 14 miles from the ocean, Viking Vineyard is planted among the steepest slopes (elevations reached 1900 feet) on the Adelaida property. Sitting on an extremely steep, south facing shelf of limestone, the site presents a challenging environment for growing grapes. Viking Vvineyard is defined by its calcareous limestone soils, south facing slopes, and a mountain micro-climate that elevates UV absorption.
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