2017 Martin Ray Simpson Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon
Sitting high atop a 1,700-foot peak at the southwestern edge of the Dry Creek Valley only 15 miles from the Pacific, Simpson Ridge enjoys full days of hot sunshine tempered by cool airflow from the ocean, an ideal climate for lush, well-structured Cab.
Simpson Ridge, Dry Creek Valley
The soil, comprised of decomposed sedimentary rock from ancient seafloor, is well-draining with low fertility, creating small clusters of dense, strikingly rich fruit.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Record setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of budbreak mid-March. Hotter than average days brought Harvest mid-August with lower than average yields.
Classic, labor-intensive, small-lot winemaking techniques implemented. Four day cold-soak, hand punch downs for two weeks in open top fermenters. Aged in 50% new French oak for 18 months.
Beautiful aromas of fresh baked berry pie with black tea and a wisp of pine capture the senses, while a tightly wound palate of chewy tannins and great acidity indicate years of fruitful development ahead, or at least a good couple of hours in a decanter before enjoying.