The 2012 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon is a big, rustic, muscular red. The temperate growing season shows in the enticing aromas of blackberry, leather and pipe tobacco. The flavors are revealed in layers of black cherry, dark chocolate, barrel spice and firm, chewy tannins. Thick and velvety, bold yet refined, Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon will age gracefully for several years. Pair with herb-crusted lamb or any robust, full-flavored entrée.
Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot
Production: 1,939 cases
This year we were blessed with perfect weather and were able to pick Sweetwater Vineyard on October 29th at 24.9 Brix.
The cabernet sauvignon grapes were hand harvested in ½ ton bins then destemmed and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters. The must was chilled to 55 degrees for 24 hours for its “cold soak” to enhance the berry aromas, and the juice was bled from the tank to concentrate flavors. The tanks were allowed to warm naturally and slowly inoculated with a Bordeaux yeast isolate. We pumped over the wine twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas. It was pressed off at dryness then aged in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 22 months. The final blend contains 20% merlot to enhance smoothness and increase the velvety structure.