2012 Firestone Vineyard Proximity Twenty Six Cabernet Sauvignon, SYV
This Cabernet Sauvignon draws you in with complex aromas of dark berries, juicy black cherries, leather, and vanilla. The palate excudes intense flavors of blackberry, cassis, vanilla bean, and forest floor that are balanced by an impressive tannin-acid structure. Its great texture and balance allows this wine to age well in the cellar for several years. Enjoy!
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec
Santa Ynez Valley
October 6th - October 13th, 2012
22 months in French oak, 88% new
We harvested our grapes October 6th - October 13th, 2012. After harvest, the grapes were fermented in small open-tops using native and cultured yeast strains. Each lot was blended or lightly egg-white fined to remove green tannins. Small amounts of Petit Verdot and Malbec were included to add depth, structure and complexity. After aging 22 months in 88% new French oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
Our 400-acre estate is located beyond the mountains north of the town of Santa Barbara in the Santa Ynez Valley. The climate here ranges from cool in the western areas nearer the ocean to warm in the east where the higher ground and coastal hills offer protection from the cold maritime winds. In addition to being 26 miles from the ocean, our vineyards sit nearly 1,000 feet above sea level, putting them well above the morning fog that regularly blankets lower lying sites. The additional hours of sunshine coupled with our extremely long growing season make this an exceptional wine producing region. While temperature is normally determined by latitude (north/south), California’s weather is heavily influenced by longitude (east/west). Sites in the west, closer to the cold Pacific Ocean, tend to be cooler than sites in the east. This unusual anomaly is the foundation for Proximity 26. Proximity 26 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from grapes grown 26 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Our vineyards are situated at a climatic balancing point, a cusp area warm enough to fully ripen the fruit, yet cool enough to ensure great balance and firm structure.
Only 298 cases produced