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2002 Family Home Cabernet

2002 Family Home Cabernet
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Deep and rich – sweet, toasty, smoky, nose with blackcurrant hard candy and cola beefiness.  A solid frame of bright acid and firm dusty tannins surround the savory, earthy flavors of tobacco and sage.  Layered on top are lavender, cranberry and cola.  Elegant, well structured and complex with big concentrated flavors.  This wine’s structure and intensity will allow it to evolve and gently mellow over the next 15+ years.

This 3.5 acre site demands single-vineyard status.  Carefully tended Cabernet Sauvignon vines cling to this Oakville knoll-top.  The knoll is divided between a north-west and south-east facing slopes.  Both slopes are very rocky, free draining soils, ensuring full ripeness under stressful growing conditions.
Harvest & Winemaking
This wine is the story of two knoll-top slopes.  Family Home Vineyard’s south-east facing slope was harvested on September 22.  This bright element was fermented first and provided a component highly varietal in flavor, crisp and bright.  The north-west facing slope was picked on October 5.  This produced a component rich in texture and full of dark fruit flavors.  All grapes were picked early in the morning and delivered cold to the winery to preserve as much flavor as possible.  We fermented using yeasts selected to optimize fruit character and texture.  Pump-overs were done 2-3 times per day in response to tannin and flavor development.  Aerative Bordeaux splash-technique was used to soften tannins and set color.  Skin contact was twelve days for the first pick and fifteen days for the second.  Both halves of the wine were aged separately for eighteen months in high quality French barrels.  Finally blending the varietally bright first pick with the texturally rich and dark fruit flavored second pick resulted in a more complex and full wine than either of the elements individually.