Due West originates from the Mars-red volcanic soils of Nuns Canyon – a steep and exposed hillside vineyard perched at 1400 feet, facing due west – and is classically “California” in its powerful, lush and opulent style.
|Blend||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Vineyard Designation||Nuns Canyon Vineyard, Moon Mountain District|
|Soil Profile||Red volcanic ash|
|Wine Notes||Beguiling dichotomy of power and gravitas melded with poise and grace, echoing its volcanic rock roots. Aromas of dried violets and sandalwood enshrouded in black mountain fruit, cacao and fresh leather. Flavors of ripe plum and warm black currant, with fresh cinnamon sticks and dried wild sage. Broad tannins and bright acidity with a lingering finish of graphite and chocolate-covered blueberries.|
|Specs||pH 3.86 ǀ Acid .48 g/100mL ǀ Alcohol 15.2%|
|Production||160 cases released|
This dark carmine-hued wine opens with sultry aromas of dried violets and sandalwood enshrouded in black mountain fruit, raw cacao and a touch of fresh leather. A full entry coats the palate, bursting with lush flavors of ripe purple plum and warm black currant with accents of fresh cinnamon sticks and dried wild sage. Broad tannins and bright acidity support a lingering finish accented with graphite and dark chocolate-covered blueberries. This wine is beautiful now but will age elegantly for at least 20 years.
Blocks 12 and 21, steeply sloped at 5-30%, were hand-picked at the first light of dawn, and optically sorted at the winery. The blocks were combined in gravity-fed tanks where they were cold-soaked for 5 days and co-fermented including a 26-day extended maceration.
The wine was aged 20 months in 18 thin-stave French oak barrels. Prior to bottling, the 5 best barrels were selected for the final blend which aged 1 year in bottle.