2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
2015 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Block 21
Alexander Valley Cloverdale Ranch
The opinion of many is that 2015 was an excellent vintage, although drought conditions were all that was talked about for most of the year. Dry conditions lead to an early bud break. The growing season was warm and for most of the period, mild. It was these conditions and relatively light crop that made 2015 one of the earliest harvests on record. For Trione, we began bringing in grapes for our sparkling on August 12th and finished with the last of the Flatridge Zinfandel the first week of October.
This wine is a classic Bordeaux blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Malbec, 8% Merlot and 2% each of Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot. The 2015 growing season was moderate, thus promoting slow ripening and full flavor development. We hand-harvested and fermented each variety separately, then moved the wines to barrel, where they aged twelve months. Once we determined our blend, we returned the wine to barrel for an additional twelve months, to ‘marry’ the varietals. We used tight grained French oak barrels (40% new) from coopers Quintessence, Sylvain and Bossuet.
The Trione 2015 Block 21 Cabernet Sauvignon is reminiscent of a classic left bank Bordeaux. Silky and Cab dominant but balanced, textured and lingering on the palate. Aromas and flavors of currants and black raspberry pie are in the mind and on the nose. This wine is age worthy and will continue to develop for the next 5-10 years.