2016 Black Sage Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
The nose consists of nice rich cassis, black forest cake, toasted oak, and a hint of leather and spice. The palate is full with flavours of dark cherries, cassis and an undertone of toast and spice. The tannins are approachable and the wine has a long fi nish.
The 2016 season began with above average temperatures causing an early bud break. This early harvest was tempered with cooler temperatures and rain in June and July. In the fall, there were warm days but the nights started to cool which helped balance the acid. Harvest started early to mid-October and the lack of damaging frost allowed the grapes to develop bold flavours and the tannins to ripen. Thus the 2016 reds are full of fruit flavour, with mouth coating tannins and great structure.
The grapes were gently destemmed and crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks for 14 days. During the 14 days, the wine was pumped over twice daily to help with flavour and colour extraction. The wine was pressed off the skins and then went through malolactic fermentation in a selection of French and American oak barrels. It was allowed to aged for 15 months in the barrels to soften the tannins and concentrate the flavours.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with rich dishes like lamb stew or prime rib. Also pairs perfectly with strong, sharp cheeses.
Ron Anderson Yule
(Nov 26, 2016 at 12:31 PM)
Great wine to receive as part of our membership. Decanted for a hour and found it to be exceptional. Pleasantly suprised to see what a deal this was. Can't wait to sit some for a couple years and discover it all over again. Hope you enjoy ig as much as we did.