95% Cabernet Sauvignon &
5% Cabernet Franc
Coombsville, Napa Valley
275 cases produced
Harvest date - October 10 (entirely by hand)
Harvest brix = 24.7
TA = .62, pH = 3.60
Here's a synopsis of how the 2012 wines were handled after being harvested: Sorted by hand into an ultra-gentle de-stemmer, four-day cold soak, yeasted, pumped over two to three times per day and fermented till dry. Skin contact for 18 to 22 days in total, then gently pressed in a basket press to control tannin expression.
Aged in all French oak barrels for 20 months, using 100% new Seguin-Moreau barrels. Bottled without filtration in order to maintain complexity, texture, color and capacity to age.
The 2012 is a rich and ripe expression of our little vineyard. 2012 was a nearly perfect vintage and the wine is supple and rich because of the excellent growing season.
An irresistible bouquet of black currants, hints of white chocolate and gamey or meaty notes give way to a vibrant, concentrated and silky wine, offering sweet, fine tannin, sexy, ripe fruit and toasty notes of the Seguin-Moreau barrels. The finish is long, complex and entirely pleasurable!
This vintage will age for many years to come and it may well be the finest Inherit The Sheep bottling since we embarked on this great adventure back in 2002!