Our Vineyard Designate Cabernet Sauvignon wines are produced to showcase the distinctions of the finest Cabernet vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Only the best sites and the best fruit from each particular vintage are chosen to stand alone bearing the Vineyard Designate label and their signature red band.
The Smith Ranch’s inherent rustic, almost old world aromatics are driven by dried black cherry and earthy tones. The wines from this block are tannic and rich, showing off that rustic flair in their youth but age gracefully for years to come. There is an absolutely gorgeous wine in here, and it can be summoned now with a lengthy decant. But the patient one who lays this wine down for 8-10 years will unveil its true potential. A splash decant goes a long way, but a full 2 hour decant is worth it ... if you have the patience. Decant, serve slightly below room temp.
Destemmed with out crushing on October 4th, 2013. 60% fermented in open top bins with native yeast, hand punchdowns and 18 days of skin time, and 40% tank fermented with d254 yeast, pumpovers and 10 days of skin time. Pressed separately | free run separated and blended post ml. Coopered in 100% new french oak barrels for 22 months.
Wine TypeRed Wine
Varietal Composition100% Cabernet Sauvignon