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2018 Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile

2018 Elevation Cabernet Sauvignon, Rockpile

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Vineyard Notes
Vineyard Notes
This extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Rockpile AVA which is located in the northwest corner of Sonoma County. This unique climate offers elevations reaching 2,000 feet above sea level and is heavily influenced by the presence of Lake Sonoma. The soils are comprised of sandstone and shale, the soils are rocky as the AVA suggests.
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
This is a full bodied wine with an abundance of character and structure. Red Plum, vanilla spice and leather envelop your senses. Dryer in style with a elegant finish.
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were harvested starting in early October. The 2018 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter followed by an early spring started the year off early. Sonoma County did not suffer any heat waves (or fires) this summer so the ripening was slow and steady. We picked much later this year as mild days continued into September. This vintage will be characterized by good acidities and lower alcohols. Paradise Ridge has been working with the same vineyard blocks since 2006 we have created a cooperative relationship that enables us to work closely with the vineyard team through out the vines growth cycle. Four of the Bordeaux varietals are blended to make this wine. 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 4% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. The Elevation Bordeaux Blend was created over several months from over 9 different wine lots.
Production Notes
Production Notes
We ferment the fruit in a open top tank. Cold soaked for several days followed by warm fermentation utilizing submerged cap, punch downs and pump overs
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Food Pairing
Food Pairing Notes
Filet Mignon and Mushrooms
Wine Specs
Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation
Rockpile Vineyard & Branham Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 5, 2018
5.6 g/L
Aged for over 20 months in 60 gallon French oak barrels, of which 30% was new
Bottling Date
May 5, 2020
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