2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
September 4th – October 1st
24 months in 100% New French oak barrels
In 2015 our Pocai Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon really stood out for it exceptional palate weight. The tannins are big and robust as we expect from this property, but there is plenty of stuffing in this wine to support those tannins. Raspberry and cherry are the first aromas that come out of the wine, and are quickly followed with spice, flowers, and red fruits. The flavor mimics the nose, and has a lingering complexity that we find highly enjoyable.
The Pocai Vineyard has been continuously farmed by our family for over 100 years, ever since Betty Ballentine’s grandfather purchased it in 1906. Purchased with a pile of gold coins, Pocai Vineyard is the heart and soul of the Ballentine Family Estate. Located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, the fertility of the soil is low, but the drainage is excellent and is perfect for growing powerful red grapes.
The 2015 Pocai Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from our best performing section of vineyard. We took careful measures to ensure only the properly mature fruit made it into this wine. This allowed us to acheive maximum color extraction and tannin structure. The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon was gently handled in the winery, and this wine was aged in 100% new French oak. After aging for almost two years in the cellar, the tannins are big and mature, but with some roundness to them.
98% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot 1% Petite Sirah