2010 Cyrus Ryan Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: October 7th, 2010
Grape Source: Cyrus Ryan Vineyard
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 22 months in French Oak, Mixed Coopers
Medium plus toast oak, 85% new
Total Production: 265 Cases
Release Date: October 2012
Winemaker: David Tate
Vineyard and Vintage Notes: Although we reached perfect ripeness, it occurred later than ever for this vineyard, at the end of the first week of October.
Winemaking Notes: We harvested this tiny lot of Cabernet after some early fall rains, but with patience we reached an exemplary level of physiological ripeness. 3 days of cold soaking aided in color and complex flavor extraction. Maceration and pumping over times were shorter than usual, since color and tannins extraction was quick, caution was used to ensure that we did not over extract. The wine was aged for 22 months in small French oak barrels (85%) to allow the wine to soften and develop.
Tasting Notes: With its deep purple core this wine is immediately bursting with Blackberry and blueberry tart. Sweet vanilla spice and cinnamon toast are balanced by the subtle graphite and crushed floral elements. This is an extremely lush wine with cherry compote and milk chocolate on the mid palette. The moderately chalky tannins are balanced by the restrained acidity. Although surprisingly appealing in its youth, this wine will benefit from 10-11 years of bottle age (2022-2023).