2016 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2016 Mossback Cabernet is sourced from the famed Chalk Hill appellation in Sonoma County. This cool-weather region produces age-worthy Cabernets with classic characteristics of leather and spice and great structure.
The aromas of the 2016 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon are an enticing mix of dark chocolate, leather and cigar box. The flavors are revealed in layers of raspberry, dried cranberry and cedar. There are plenty of firm tannins with a hint of minerality on the finish. This is a well-structured Cabernet that will age gracefully for several years.
Our Mossback cabernet sauvignon grapes were hand harvested at night, and quickly delivered to our winery. These cold grapes were 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. During fermentation, we pumped over the wine twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas. 20% of the crushed fruit was fermented in French oak barrels to further intensify color and flavor. Tank fermented lots were pressed off at dryness then aged 22 months in French, Fusion (European and American oak) and American oak. The barrel fermented lot was pressed off after 90 days of skin contact then returned to the same barrels they were fermented in. The final blend contains 19% Merlot and 5% Petite Sirah to enhance smoothness and increase the velvety structure.
Pair with a big rib eye steak, juicy ribs or a strong blue cheese.
Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Chalk Hill Merlot
Dunnigan Hills Petite Sirah