The 2011 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon is a rustic, muscular red that shows enticing aromas of mocha, chocolate, cherry pipe tobacco and earthy spices. The flavors are revealed in layers of blackberry, black cherry, dark chocolate 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: 910 cases
This was the 2nd year of cooler than normal temperatures for the Russian River Valley. We brought in our grapes well after the September rains hit allowing the fruit to dry out, ripen and intensify flavors. We picked on October 19th, bringing in fruit with intense cherry, berry, and spice characters.
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 26 months. The final blend contains 20% merlot to enhance smoothness and increase the velvety structure.