2017 Cabernet Sauvignon – Railroad Vineyard
Railroad Vineyard . Jahant AVA
Our Railroad Cabernet Sauvignon has deep color in the glass and displays classic Bordeaux varietal expression through an aromatic profile of rich berry notes, black licorice, and hints of spice and vanilla. On the concentrated palate, blackberry compote and ripe raspberry characters are accented by light spice and come into balance with an extracted mouthfeel with full tannins. Crafted with the intent to age, this wine will soften over time.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Thick surface loam and loam. Derivation granite rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|HARVEST DATE||September 19, 2017|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25.2°|
|AGING||French and American Oak Barrels; 12 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||June 21, 2019|
The 2017 growing season marked the end of the drought with heavy winter rainfall that continued into the spring. Due to the rain, timely vineyard practices were crucial and we adapted our cultural techniques to maintain vine balance. Heat spikes during late August to mid-September required close attention to irrigation to ensure vine health. With the given weather, our winegrapes developed the required sugars, but full flavor maturation delayed our harvest. The wait was worth it and the outcome was a vintage that boasts bright and fresh whites with ideal levels of acidity and red wines that are showing good intensity and concentration.
Jahant AVA – Located in the center of the Lodi AVA, the Jahant AVA is geographically the smallest of Lodi’s seven AVAs – a total size of 28,000 acres, with roughly 9,000 acres planted to vineyard. It sits on highly dissected river terraces and old floodplain deposits. The classic Mediterranean climate has Delta fog influence, and receives cold air drainage and entrapment within our vineyards.