2019 Banshee Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County
Our Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, purple-ruby in color with aromas of ripe fig, cassis, vanilla and hints of pine and peppercorn. A juicy entry on the mouth delivers plush, fine tannins with a velvety texture. This approachable, medium-bodied cabernet has densely layered flavors of dark plums with rustic notes of forest floor and spice. A finale of round tannins leads to a dry, smooth finish. It plays nicely with California grass fed beef burgers, balsamic lamb shank or grilled beef short ribs.
The 2019 growing season started cooler than average. As the growing season developed, the temperatures stayed moderate, causing a longer growing season. Despite a longer than normal bloom period, there was great set on the Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon. With moderate summer temperatures and few heat spikes, the growing season was long and perfect for the grapes. The cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings allowed the fruit to maintain its acidity and develop intense, concentrated flavors. 2019 was a great growing season, with great yields, flavors and structure.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
15 months in French oak, 40% new
Primary fermentation over a period of 12-14 days. It was then pressed and transferred to barrel where malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. Aged for 6 months in 40% new French oak—Taransaud, Sylvain & Nadalie barrels.
Our vineyard selection for the Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from select vineyards throughout the county. We have focused on vineyards from Los Carneros and Alexander, Sonoma, Dry Creek and Knights Valleys where the growing season temperatures are warmer than the appellations closer to the coast. The hillside aspects are influenced by the Pacific Ocean resulting in cooler coastal nights, but warm to moderate daytime temperatures which is the climate where cabernet sauvignon thrives .