SINGLE ESTATE SERIES
Our Single Estate Series represents our purest expressions of place. Having worked with the fruit from tens of vineyards over the years, we have identified three special sites that we believe create extraordinary wine. Produced in limited quantities, these wines have ultra-developed acid and tannin profiles and achieve a beautiful balance of intense structure and bright aromatics.
2016 GAME TRAIL ESTATE GROWN CABERNET SAUVIGNON
AGING: 20 months in neutral barrels
ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 14.6%
PRODUCTION: 775 cases
RELEASE DATE: Spring 2019
SUGGESTED DRINKING WINDOW: Drink now or age up to fifteen years
Grown at 1400 feet elevation on a ridge heading out towards the ocean, this Cabernet Sauvignon is always a test of our patience. In 2016 the growing season was cool, which is lovely for fruit quality, but made these grapes take quite a while to ripen. This mild but long vintage rewarded our patience with a wine of intense tannic structure and pure flavours while still preserving elegance.
The Yorkville Highlands are the mountain pass traversed between the north end of Alexander Valley and the west end of Anderson Valley. Our small block of Game Trail Cabernet is perched looking south from 1400 feet elevation upon that ridge. Coastal influence and large diurnal swings create small berries, thick skins, deep pigmentation, and tons of structure. Clone 6 Cabernet sets sparingly with berries the size of blueberries and no fruit to fruit contact, so it is cane pruned and left to hang as many clusters as possible. We find a purity in this wine: more acid and fore-mouth focused than other Cabernet, it is tart, bright, perfumed and refreshing.
PRAISE FOR 2015 GAME TRAIL
From the Yorkville Highlands AVA, the 100% Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Game Trail Cabernet Sauvignon sports a deep purple colour all the way to the rim. Spiced plums,
cassis, cedar pencil, and exotic spice notes give way to a medium-bodied, concentrated, seamless wine that has class and charm. With fine tannin, good acidity, and a fresh, focused style, I suspect it will drink nicely for 7–8 years. — Jeb Dunnuck, June 2018