The nose shows the unique floral notes that are a signature of our site along with hints of vanilla and ripe red fruits. On the palate the wine is gorgeous with red current and dark red plum intermingled with mocha and earth notes. The tannin structure is elegant with fine grained, sweet, ripe tannins. This is a real palate pleaser! The Cabernet was fermented in Taransaud 4-ton fermenters and aged in 100% new French oak.
The wine is produced from a blend of fruit from our original home ranch in Bennett Valley and another mountain vineyard in Sonoma, but predominantly from the old home ranch estate. The Cabernet from Serenity Way Vineyard in Bennett Valley enjoys a south aspect, slopes of up to 20%, red volcanic soils, and lots of afternoon breeze from the Petaluma Gap. The 2011 Cabernet reflects the exceptional nature of our site, the intensity of our farming, and our commitment to quality. The vineyard has perfect drainage, great airflow and is a late ripening site. These things all helped us weather the early October rains in 2011. Our meticulous vineyard management kept the fruit zone clean, crop yields low, ground vegetation to a minimum, and allowed us to pick ripe, clean fruit.