Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Inspire, a left-bank Bordeaux-style red wine created from our best California vineyards originally inspired by Château Lafite Rothschild.
This Inspire Cabernet Sauvignon blend has excellent balance beginning with a deep crimson-purple color with intense, seductive, sultry aromas of raspberry and blackcurrant with notes of candied liquorice and spices.
Perky yet full and well-balanced on the palate, a set of exceptionally supple yet powerful flavors supported by a rich, silky tannin structure that nicely rounds out this impressive wine.
A beautiful wine which inspires the palate. Decant for at least one hour and serve at 65°F
Only 100 cases produced. Our vineyards are farmed to the code of sustainable agriculture using traditional techniques, based on strict control of yields, manual harvests and numerous quality specific tasks that are carried out by hand throughout the year.
Little or no chemical fertilizers are used. Selection and planting of cover crops and their return to the soil provides additional organic nutrients allowing our vines to reach an advanced age and produce outstanding grapes.
In France, Cabernet Sauvignon does best on the Left Bank while Merlot and Cabernet Franc is better from the sandy clay soils of the Right Bank.
In California, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec grows well in the higher elevations of Napa’s mountains while Merlot thrives in the slightly cooler, sandy clay soils of Sonoma.
The grapes from each plot are fermented in separate five-ton, temperature-controlled, stainless steel fermentation tanks in order to preserve the identity of the terroir.
Upon completion of alcoholic fermentation, the wines are tasted before being drawn off to the fine wine tanks. The free run juice and the pomace are separated and the pomace is pressed independently in order to extract the “press wine” separately.
A second fermentation phase, called malolactic fermentation, takes place in tank before the wine is transferred into barrels.
The ageing phase commences in the cellar and takes 20 months during which the cellar master racks the wines regularly in order to clarify them naturally. No fining agents are used so the wines remain vegan.
While ageing, several tastings from each barrel are carried out. Blending takes place after the individual wines have aged in barrel for a little over twelve months and have started to show their development.
The blends are then returned to barrel for around eight months allowing them to integrate into a wine with its own unique characteristics.
French Oak for 22 months, 45% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.