The color is dark ruby red. Aromas of black cherries, cassis, plum & cedar dominate the nose, along with a hint of anise. The fruit from each Wetzel Estate Vineyard was vinified and treated differently.
The Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc grapes for this blend were picked at the peak of ripeness and have excellent natural acidity. The use of selected Bordeaux yeast strains, high fermentation temperatures and frequent (twice daily) pump-overs made highly extracted wines with intense Bordeaux aromas and flavors yet soft well integrated tannins.
Our benchmark wine since 1976. Medium to full-bodied, this Cabernet displays abundant cherry and currant fruit on the palate and a velvety mouth feel. Supple and polished throughout, it finishes with firm tannins. As with previous vintages, this is an extremely drinkable Cabernet Sauvignon, yet will age for 10-15 years.