2012 Euclid Cabernet Sauvignon
96.5 % Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, .5% Cabernet Franc
The 2012 Euclid Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Clark Claudon Vineyard on the North Eastern side of Howell Mountain at 800 to 1000 feet elevation. The height in combination with the slope creates stress as the vine digs deep for water. Thus, the berries from these vines are very small and flavors are concentrated.
The weather during the 2012 Vintage was very conducive to fruit development, with warm days and cool nights allowing for long hang-time on the vine. This increased ripening time brought more complexities and flavors to the fruit. We harvested in the early morning on September 24th to ensure the fruit was kept cool and in-tank by the mid morning sun. The grapes were sorted, crushed and de-stemmed in the late morning then put into take for fermentation. The tank was warmed to achieve a high level of heat during the early stages of fermentation for maximum extraction of flavor and body from the skins. Post fermentation, the wine was aged in 50% new French oak and 50% once used French oak for 24 months.
The 2012 Euclid Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and supple with a great balance of acidity and well-integrated tannins. There are aromas of cigar box, violets, licorice, cherries and cinnamon.
The wine has a juicy mouthwatering texture in the mouth with flavors of currant, blackberry, dried mushroom, cocoa, roasted coffee, and finishes with a hint of slight orange zest.
222 cases produced.