Sweet Spot 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
Item Number: 7196
Sub Region: Sonoma
Appellation/AVA: Alexander Valley
Grape(s): 89% Cabernet Sauvignon / 11% Merlot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.9
Total Acidity: 6.2
Case Production: 2,240
Vineyard Sources: Warnecke Vineyard and Adams Knoll Vineyard
Vintage Notes: 2012 was a near perfect vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in Alexander Valley, Sonoma. Many called it "idyllic," or "outstanding" because of the balance of weather and the ideal diurnal temperature swings that allowed slow and even maturation of the vines throughout September and October. The crop load was considerably larger than 2011 and displayed a near perfect balance of texture and flavors.
Winemaking Notes: All fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for 4-5 days at 55 degrees Fahrenheit before yeast was introduced. Brix had become 24.5 and three strands of yeast were introduced for fermentation. Ferment lasted three weeks at almost 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Maceration on the skins was included to induce color, tannins, and phenols. Sweet Spot Cabernet was then pressed to barrel with malolactic inoculation. This beautiful wine aged in French and American oak barrels for 16 months and was bottled in January 2014.
Tasting Notes: A beautiful dark garnet and robust ruby color. The aromatics of the 2012 Sweet Spot Cabernet are full of explosive ripe blackberries, blueberries and mulberries intermingled with mountainside sage, mint, and pine needles. The palate is redolent with a ripe compote of blackberries that rides into a rich cascade of herbs, fruit, and tannins into a long finish that speaks of longevity.