2016 Martin Ray Diamond Mtn. Cabernet Sauvignon
We sourced the grapes for our Martin Ray Diamond Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignon from two very different, but complimentary vineyards: Constant Vineyards on its rugged volcanic soil, and Andrew Geoffrey lower on the mountain with its highly variable silty loam. The vineyards enjoy a climate where mornings are typically brisk and fog-free, while northwesterly winds continually cool the vineyard throughout the long growing season. These unique mountain vineyard sites provide a variety of nutrient-rich soils, superior exposure to sunlight and evening cooling for small, intensely flavored berries and fragrant, flavorful wines.
All contributing lots are fermented in small 4-6 ton open top fermenters with at least thrice daily pump overs for cap management. After the wine has finished fermentation and gone dry, it is allowed to rest on its skins for up to a month before being drained and pressed via the gentle basket press. Aged for 18 months in 80% new French oak.