2019 Cabernet Sauvignon Brothers Vineyard
The '19 Brothers is produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grown in a two acre block at 850 feet of elevation on the eastern slope of Palomino Hill, blended with 18% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot from neighboring single-acre vineyards -- fermented with wild, native yeasts, aged for 17 months in French oak barrels, and bottled in the spring of 2021. Writing in Vinous, Antonio Galloni speaks of the wine's "subtlety and translucent finish." 633 cases of 750 mL bottles produced.
September 30 to October 11, 2019
17 months in French oak, 50% new 50% used
April 12, 2021
Fermented dry, no residual sugar
To blend or not to blend? – the question plagues us time and again as we struggle to arbitrate between taste and tradition. Given the nuances of the 2019 vintage and our long-standing tradition of blending our top wine, for 2019 this blend emerged as the strongest version of the Brothers Vineyard. The wine dances with aromatics of violets and cherries, tobacco, cedar and pencil shavings. The palate is a little less strict than other vintages, full and long, generous and layered. This gorgeous wine will be delicious now and for the next 20 years.