Our Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Baldinelli Vineyard which was planted in 1972 on St. George rootstock. This is an old low bearing small berry/cluster clone. Yields are about 2-2 1/2 tons per acre. Our
growing season is longer and cooler than what many might assume. It is comparable in many ways to the Howell Mountain region of the Napa Valley. Red, iron-laden soils of grainy decomposed granite. Warm days moderated by afternoon Delta breezes and cool night air from the high Sierra peaks just 50 miles to our East.
Closer to harvest as the days become shorter, fruit cooled overnight takes half the day to warm again and matures slowly. Most of the grapes are fermented in 5 ton open top fermenters and handpunched. The remainder are fermented in a 10 ton closed top tank where the cap is irrigated with a special device during pumpovers. Lots are combined at a later date depending on the winemaker’s discretion. Aging is in 100% French oak including 33% new Taransaud thin-staved Bordeaux-styled Center of France barrels. The wine is in barrel for two years prior to bottling in the Fall of 2002. It was aged in bottle for an additional two years prior to its’ release in 2005.