2018 Cabernet Sauvignon – Railroad Vineyard
Railroad . Jahant AVA
This classic Bordeaux style Cabernet Sauvignon from Railroad Vineyard is a wine to enjoy now, or lay down for many years to come. The initial aromas of cranberry and spice continue to the palate where they are met with earth tones and dried fruit flavors. With extended aging in Neutral French and American Oak barrels, there is a wonderful structure that adds interest to the overall style of the wine.
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Thick Surface Loam and Loam. Derivation Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|HARVEST DATE||October 2nd, 2018|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||25.6°|
|AGING||80% French-2nd fill, 20% Neutral American, 15 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||January 29th, 2021|
|CASES PRODUCED||507 6 pack cases|
Planted in 1997, our Railroad Vineyard borders the Union Pacific railroad tracks to the east on a quiet stretch of Jahant Road. The 49.89 acres sit on loam that resembles clay and thrives in the classic Mediterranean climate. As a mature vineyard, each vintage expresses increased concentration and flavors.
Weather is a key element of farming – it plays a crucial role in the health of our vines and winegrapes. Daily temperatures and rainfall come together to dictate the growing season, making each vintage distinctive. 2018 was a long and even season with moderate conditions and mild summer weather. This allowed the winegrapes to mature slowly with even ripening, pushing our start of harvest to August 6th, 10 days later than the previous two years. The overall moderate to cool harvest conditions were good for flavor development, but on October 3rd we endured rain showers. Luckily the following two weeks were dry and sunny helping finish the sugar accumulation in our mid to late ripening varietals. We ended harvest in November, one of the latest in recent memory, with particularly good quality and spectacular color in the red varietals and white varietals with sound flavor and acid development.
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.