Tyler Winery RSW Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
From Block 8 of the Happy Canyon Vineyard, these gnarly old head trained vines originate from cuttings of the famed To Kalon Vineyard in Napa. The block is situated on an extremely steep, west facing slope full of river cobble. Due to its extreme terrain the block is farmed 100% by hand. During the growing season mid-morning fog lifts to warm sunshine in the afternoons before a dramatic cool down each night. This diurnal shift allows for optimal ripening while retaining a remarkable acidity in the grapes. The wine is dark and powerful, with present but very supple and polished tannins, and all the great notes of cedar, tobacco, blackberries, coffee, and chocolate that make cabernet so appealing.
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We believe wine should be elegant and honest, and must possess aromatic purity.
In order to best convey the individuality of each site, we try to be modern in our thinking and classic in our approach. Great effort had been made not only to seek out vineyards of pedigree, but also to seek out vines with age. We now work with a number of the oldest vineyard blocks in the County and believe this is essential in our quest for both purity and intesity. Furthermore, close collaboration with each of our growers along with focused, minimal handling of fruit and wine allow us the best opportunity to achieve our goals.
We currently produce 12 different bottlings each year from 22 parcels within 7 different vineyard sites. Total production is approximately 2500 cases annually.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.