Applegate Valley (AV), Oregon
Many a wine drinker has, and many more have yet, to experience the wonders of this burgeoning wine region. Located within southern Oregon's Rogue Valley, about 50 miles north of the California border the beautifully scenic Applegate valley is surrounded by Siskiyou mountains, which provide much influence over the region's climate and weather patterns. A myriad of natural phenomenon-granitic based soils, goldilocks location, elevation, and climate-provide all the necessary elements for world-class potential.
Serra Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Serra Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec
The 2017 vintage was very successful at Serra Vineyard, even with the threat of fire danger within the region. Hot days and cool nights allowed for thorough, and ultimately, very even ripening. Malbec grapes were harvested on October 7, 2017, and the Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested on October 16, 2017. Wines are powerful with plenty of longevity for ageing. Cluster counts were typical, though yields were down moderately, as clusters were very small.
Saturated violet. Dark berry liqueur, fruitcake, smoky oak spices and vanilla on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with juicy black and blue fruit, bitter cherry, mocha and floral pastille flavors; sweet chewing tobacco and mineral nuances add lift and back-end cut. Fleshy and deep but energetic as well, finishing on a youthfully tannic note, with sharp focus and dark-fruit- and spice-driven persistence. Raised in a 50/50 mix of French and American oak, 75% of it new.