2021 Groundwork Cabernet Sauvignon
Sep 19th & Oct 21st, 2021
18 months in French oak - 8% new barriques, 92% neutral barriques
blackberry, blueberry, currant, cassis, sweet herb & black tea leaf
Estrella River Sub AVA and Creston Sub AVA
Both lots were trucked directly to the winery in half-ton bins and destemmed into closed top stainless steel tanks upon arrival. The fruit was allowed to begin a natural fermentation with native yeasts and given one pumpover per day until dry. Upon completion of fermentation, the fruit was gently pressed separating the juice from the skins. The pomace was collected and hauled offsite to be utilized as fertilizer and bio-fuel. The juice was sent to small, mostly neutral French barriques to age for 18 months. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered on May 3, 2023 with minimal SO2.
We night harvested nine tons of Cabernet Sauvignon on September 19th from the Creston area of Paso Robes and an additional nine tons of Cab on October 21st from the Estrella River zone. The clay loam terraces of the Creston site sit at 1,400 ft. elevation with an average daily diurnal swing of 35 F. This fruit contributes pure expressions of blackberry, blueberry, and currant to the wine. The dry river bed soils of the Estrella Sub AVA are a mix of sandy and clay loam resulting in notes of cassis, sweet herb, and black tea leaf.