2021 Lake Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
GOLD, San Francisco International Wine Competition
On the nose, notes of blackberry, blueberry and vanilla bean. On the palate, a smooth entrance and approachable tannins complement flavors of black cherry, cedar, peppercorn and black tea leading to a lasting finish.
Perfectly paired with roast duck stuffed with sage sausage and cornbread alongside buttered fingerling potatoes.
A fresh, sunshine-driven Cabernet Sauvignon displaying depth and complexity, the 2021 vintage was aged for 11 months in a mixture of new and neutral French oak with a hint of new American oak.
2021 began with a dry spring followed by a hot summer which led to an early harvest. The sugars in the fruit developed quickly and the tannins matured nicely. As a result of the summer heat and low water accessibility by the vine, the berries were medium sized with concentrated flavors and a certain freshness which helped create deeply flavored and balanced wines.