2020 Cabernet Sauvignon – Thirty Eight Vineyard
Thirty Eight Vineyard . Jahant AVA
2020 was a year defined by adversity, and in the vineyard that trend was mirrored. A late budbreak, record breaking heat waves, regional wildfires, and fall thunderstorms defined the vintage year, though from these hardships, lower yield crops of truly remarkable quality were produced. Our latest vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon is exemplary with balanced structure and vibrant flavor. Showcasing alluring aromas of plum sauce, star anise, and mission fig, our iconic Thirty Eight Vineyard delivers another smooth, enjoyable experience for any wine lover. The palate is accented with savory dried herbs and understated oak tones that create a creamy texture with fine grained tannins that slowly build through to the finish.
Farmed responsibly and validated with dual certification through The Lodi Rules and California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (CSWA).
|SOIL COMPOSITION||Thick Surface Loam and Loam. Derivation Granite Rock.|
|VINEYARD PHILOSOPHY||Certified Sustainable|
|CLONE||07 & 08|
|HARVEST DATE||September 12, 2020|
|BRIX AT HARVEST||24.8°|
|AGING||French Oak; 19 Months|
|BOTTLE DATE||April 20, 2023|
|CASES PRODUCED||1285 | 6 Pack|
Located less than a mile from our winery, the Thirty Eight vineyard was one of the first Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards planted by the twins in 1982 in partnership with Robert Mondavi Woodbridge.
To reflect on the 2020 growing season, we must look to the end of 2019. Our rain-season began with a good steady pace in late November and continued through early January, but Mother Nature turned off her spigot and we only had a couple good storms in March and April. As spring arrived, the vines awoke on-time, but the temperatures were erratic, resulting in shatter and poor berry set for many varietals. After a short heat spike in late May, summer temperatures were normal, and we had healthy vine canopies. In mid-August, lasting through September, high-elevation smoke from the wildfires was present off-and-on which likely moderated the forecasted high temperatures. In the end, most sensitive white varietals were harvested before the smoke arrived showing great quality aromatics and flavors, and the poor fruit set in many of our red varietals during the Spring gave us amazing concentration of flavor and aroma in the finished wines.
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.