2012 GRAND RESERVE
95% Cabernet Sauvignon, Block G, Sunstone Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
5% Merlot, Block D, Sunstone Estate Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley
The 2012 Grand Reserve is produced from certified organically farmed grapes grown on our 20-year old Estate vineyard. Farmed to California Certified Organic Farmer (C.C.O.F.) specifications, Sunstone Estate vineyards produces ultra-premium quality wines with distinct varietal character, thanks to the site’s unique terroir. During harvest the grapes were sorted, lightly crushed, and de-stemmed and pumped into open top fermentation bins. After cold soaking for two days, the grapes were inoculated with BDX yeast and allowed to ferment and macerate for 11-days on the skins to extract maximum color and flavor. Following fermentation, the wines were racked to 100% new French oak barrels. After barrel aging for 21-months, the separate lots were blended to to taste and racked back to just two new French oak barrels in September of 2014. The wine was bottled on November 20, 2014 to only 46 cases 12/750mL.
At the core, the 2012 Grand Reserve delivers concentrated fruit aromatics of dark plum, dried cranberries and cassis, fused inextricably together with petrichor, wet/hot stones, dried herbs and sweet tobacco and smoky oak. Dark cherry compote and raspberry coulis flavors evolve into vanillin French oak, and finish with black tea, bitter-sweet cocoa, and anise. Powerful, complex and balanced, this wine has a superb mouth feel of medium tannin and acidity.
With proper cellaring the 2012 Grand Reserve should be opened from 2015 through 2018 for those who appreciate youthful, fruit-forward wines, and 2018-2020 for those who prefer aged complexity and a softer palate.
Alc: 14.7% • pH: 3.72 • TA: 0.56 g/L • Residual Sugar: 0.2 g/L