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Platinum Tier

2018 Our Tribute Cabernet Sauvignon

Dark, brooding red in the glass, aromas of ripe black fruits, powerful spice, and sweet vanilla are prominent. The palate is complex and elegant, with bold fruit, hints of baking spice, polished tannins, and a long, rich finish.

$62.00 750mL
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    James MacPhail's Notes

    This wine is crafted as Our Tribute to our fathers, who inspired Jim, Peter, and myself to pursue our calling in life. We've partnered with a small family grower on Moon Mountain who embodies that pursuit, growing beautiful, healthy Cabernet Sauvignon amid steep and rocky terrain that requires incredible passion, dedication, and commitment to producing some of the finest Cabernet in Sonoma County.

     

    James Macphail
    Winemaker
    Aging
    20 months in 100% French oak (60% new)
    Appellation
    Moon Mountain District Sonoma County
    Alcohol
    14.8%

    Tasting Notes

    The 2018 Our Tribute features elegant finesse behind a powerful entrance. Dark red and blue fruits are prominent on the palate, with black cherry, blackberry, and blueberry mingling with pepper and hints of cardamom and vanilla bean. Complex layers of cocoa and savory herbs whisper throughout the abundant fruit. Plush tannins, delicately-integrated acidity, and a long, rich finish make this a perfect pairing for robust dishes like peppered ribeye or smoky, grilled portabella mushrooms.

    Production Notes

    Grapes were hand-sorted and gently crushed. After native-yeast fermentation, the wine went through an extended maceration period to soften the tannins, and malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wine is bottled un-fined and unfiltered to preserve complexity.

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    Moon Mountain

    Perched high above the Sonoma Valley on the southeastern border with the Napa Valley, Moon Mountain produces wines with an intensity of flavor and color to match the intense nature of its terrain. Rocky, steep, and sun-drenched, Moon Mountain is celebrated for its powerful, high-elevation Cabernet Sauvignon.

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