2018 Mossback Chalk Hill Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2018 Mossback Cabernet is sourced from the famed Chalk Hill appellation in Sonoma County. This cool-weather region produces age-worthy Cabernets with classic characteristics of leather and spice and great structure.
The aromas of the 2018 Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon are an enticing mix of
leather and chocolate and blackberry jam. Concentrated flavors of dried
cranberry, marionberry and cream cola are rich and dense. The cool-weather
Chalk Hill appellation shows off with hints of anise and brambly blackberry
in the rustic, racy finish.
Our Mossback Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were hand-harvested at night, and
quickly delivered to our winery. These cold grapes were destemmed and crushed
into small stainless-steel fermenters. The must was chilled to 55 degrees for
24 hours for its “cold soak” to enhance the berry aromas, and the juice was bled
from the tank to concentrate flavors. During fermentation, we pumped over the
wine twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas. A portion of the crushed
fruit was fermented in French oak barrels to further intensify color and flavor.
Tank fermented lots were pressed off at dryness then aged 22
months in French, hybrid (Hungarian and American oak) and
American oak. The barrel fermented lot was pressed off after 90 days
of skin contact then returned to the same barrels in which they were
fermented. The final blend contains 10% Merlot and 5% Petit
Verdot to enhance smoothness and increase the velvety structure.
Pair this big-flavored wine with a well-marbled steak,
baby back ribs, or a strong blue cheese.
The term MOSSBACK is an old-time expression for farmers, folks who are
both connected to their roots and to the land. The Giguiere family has a strong,
storied tradition of farming out here in the Dunnigan Hills, which is why
we hold these folks in high regard. These wines are a nod to those men and
women, who understand more than anyone the delicate relationship between
vine, climate and soil.