2015 'Scuro' Cabernet Sauvignon

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2015 'Scuro' Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon

'Scuro' - 'Darkness' - Berger Vineyard.  Hand Picked, Hand Sorted.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Aged in 30% new french oak.  Bottled Unfined, Unfiltered.  Only 55 cases made.

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This release is exciting and sad. Exciting because the growing conditions of the ’15 vintage were perfect – a cool summer with no early/late rains or frost.  It was also the apex of the drought, which on the one hand gave us small berries of bright flavors and intensity, but also cut yields from the vineyards of Napa/Sonoma down to 30% normal harvest.  We farm these old vines for a potential yield of 2 tons per acre – ’15 gave us .5 tons per acre. It was the best vintage from which every grower got barely anything.  The sad part is: most of the cabernet we made is exclusively going to wine club members, and the rest of this mind-blowing wine will disappear very fast.  Get more of this wine while you still can!

The dry farmed and organically grown ‘Berger’ vineyard was planted up in the peaks of Sonoma Mountain over 70 years ago, with the family still living on site.  It’s a gorgeous vineyard that produces all the spice and structure you would expect from a cooler weather mountain site. The first cabernet we ever made was called ‘Lo Scuro’ (‘the darkness’ in Italian) because it was a Tuscan blend of Cabernet/Sangiovese/Merlot from Dry Creek Valley vineyards. This one is a different animal, closer to home in Petaluma, but the name is still appropriate. It’s 100% cabernet and always ominously dark from the small berries typical of the vineyard.  This wine has the brightness of the early harvest 2015 vintage (flashy acidity with dark cassis and wild strawberry flavors) and also a very structured tannic finish. 

If you drink it now: let it breathe, and drink it with sirloin or a rich cheese to match its muscular backbone. If you have the patience: it will drink wonderfully 5-20 years from now.  This is one of the finest and most age worthy wines we have produced. Unfortunately, we only made 55 cases of this wine, so you don’t have too much time to decide if you want more!


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