D11 CABERNET SAUVIGNON


2012 VINTAGE

Dionysus Vineyard

Block 11

Planted 1985

13 Total Acres

5.8 Tons Harvested

278 Cases Produced


FULL DESCRIPTION

Planted in 1985, Dionysus Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon is really as good as it gets for old vine Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington State.  We worked with this fruit for three years before releasing it as a standalone wine as part of the AERIALS Series, dialing in our approach.  All along the fruit was top-notch.  Each vineyard and each block - even different sites of the same clone - are wildly unique.  This is Terroir.  This being the case, it takes a lot of time, many trials and various iterations to make the best wine possible from each individual site.  Finally, the wines we are creating from this site are everything we had hoped they would be.

We allow the fruit to ripen fully, and pick the fruit based on its flavor alone.  With these being older vines, maturation occurs very slowly and steadily.  The chemistry is always in balance, meaning we make very few if any adjustments to the must prior to fermentation.  The wines we have created from this site are incredibly rich and full, with a dense and velvety finish, and aromatics of a sort of dark fruit compote that courses throughout.  The D11 is some of the best wine we have made to date.

ACCOLADES

DOUBLE GOLD

San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition

January 2014

2011 Vintage

92pts

Robert Parker's

The Wine Advocate

2011 Vintage


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