Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon has long been the core of our Cabernet program and a perennial standout.
The 2012 Seduce Cabernet Sauvignon won three gold medals in the world's largest competition for American wines, up against the best of the best and this 2013 is even better.
Fruit from our mature, low yielding vineyards consistently produces great Cabernet each vintage. This wine recognizes the outstanding quality that these individual vineyards can produce, and highlights the unique personality of our special sites.
In the glass the color is beautiful dark garnet and the nose is brimming with aromas of blackcurrant, roasted peppers and light black pepper that combine into a seductive scent.
The succulent, full-bodied palate is well structured, long and fine layers of flavors - soft blackberry; hints of raspberry, red cherry and slightly earthy mint nuances. Definitely a star worthy of enjoying now or after a period of cellar ageing.
Not fined or filtered to retain the flavor integrity we bottled only 479 cases in mid-August 2015.
This Cabernet is a perfect example of why it is imperative to grow your own grapes in order to make great wine. Our own home ranch vineyard looks like it is starved with delicate vines and small clusters of fruit but one taste and you immediately understand - its the balance, when yield goes down, quality goes up.
Following harvest and sorting the grapes undergo a cold soak period of five days in which no yeast is added and the must is kept at a cool temperature, under 50 °F allowing for color and flavor extraction without the complication of the higher temperatures achieved during fermentation.
Cabernet enjoys a warm fermentation at temperatures between 80–90 °F accompanied by gentle punch-down on the cap initially three times daily then reducing as the sugar changes.
Following fermentation extended maceration involves keeping the fermented wine in contact with its skins for an additional period of about 35 days to yield a softer tannin structure.
Like most reds, Cabernet benefits from barrel aging and we use French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.