Quite possibly our most sophisticated vintage of this wine in
recent years, our 2011 Reserve Cabernet is all class. Anise,
blackberry, and bright red fruits dance with spices, old leather,
and licorice on a stage of Lake County chaparral defined by pine,
native sage, and volcanic ash. The lingering finish has a touch of
minerality and pepper. Overall a wine in perfect balance and a
delight to pair with food given its charming acidity.
The wine was crafted from Else's Vineyard. This vineyard site is
located at the foot of Asbill Valley on a north-facing slope,
making it the coolest site on the ranch. It is also the last site
we harvest each year. The slow pace of maturity and the limited sun
exposure of this site lend the wine its darker flavors and dense
The fruit was hand-sorted before the berries were gently crushed
prior to cold-soaking for four days at 60 F. The must fermented for
15 days with pump-overs twice a day. Following the alcoholic
fermentation the wine was aged in 100% new French oak barrels for
24 months. Malolactic fermentation took place in the barrels.
Wine and Food Pairing
A classic pairing with lamb, duck and beef as well as grilled
vegetables and aged cheeses. Or think pork ribs!
Release Date: October 2015; Blend: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13%
Merlot, 5% Tetit Verdot; Appellation: 100% Lake County, grown
entirely at Six Sigma Ranch. Alcohol: 14.1%; TA: 0.63 g/100 ml; pH:
3.84; Aging: 24 months in new French oak;
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