2013 Firestone Vineyard Proximity Twenty Six Cabernet Sauvignon, SYV
Our 2013 Proximity 26 Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon (87%) with small amounts of Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot. A bouquet of dark fruit, leather and wood set the stage for the rich and layered palate. Complex flavors of black cherry, anise, vanilla and baking spice complement the impressive tannin-acid structure and lead into the lingering finish.
87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8.5% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Merlot
October 8th - October 28th, 2013
23 months in French oak, 91% new
We harvested our grapes October 8th - October 28th, 2013. 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 Malbec, Petit Verdot and Merlot were included to add depth, structure and complexity. After aging 23 months in 91% new French oak barrels, the wine was bottled.
Proximity 26 is a proprietary blend of red Bordeaux varieties 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. 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.
Only 536 cases produced