2019 Berler Cabernet Sauvignon
Fountain Grove, Sonoma County
Fruit was hand-picked at night so it could be transported to the winery by early morning. Hand-sorting and de-stemming without crushing was followed by a passive cool soak for 5 days before fermentation was allowed to begin. Primary fermentation occurred in stainless steel with daily pumpovers for 18 days. Gentle basket pressing followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel set the foundation for subsequent barrel aging.French oak aging for 20 months struck the perfect balance between fruit evolution and tannin development.
This wine entices immediately, with an impenetrable violet color
that leads into deep, dark, brooding aromas of blackberry and
cassis, alongside complex notes of graphite, cedar, aged
tobacco, and very subtle toasty oak. The mouthfeel is big and
rich, yet not heavy, due to excellent natural acidity and balanced
tannins. For now, a wine to decant, sip, and contemplate, but if
you can hold off for another 2-3 years the wait will surely be
worth it. Easily ageworthy for another 10-12 years. Any good cut
of beef, simply grilled, would be an ideal accompaniment.
COMPOSITION 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
FERMENTATION Temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, 77-81F, with daily pumping over. 18 days total skin contact time.
BARREL AGING 20 months, French oak with medium toast and 3-4 years air-drying; 68% new