2015 TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon "Mise en place," Oakville District
- Superbly mature and well-drained Cabernet site on rocky east-side of Oakville District AVA, next door to Screaming Eagle. Merlot site is on east-side, next to Paradigm, near To-Kalon and down the hill from Harlan.
- Classic Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) partnered with beautiful Oakville District Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot provides a spectacular result.
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Oakville District
Ratings 92 POINTS, OUTSTANDING "Aromas of walnuts, bark and dark fruit follow through to a medium to full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Lovely fruit to this." - James Suckling
Awards SUPERB! "This attention-getting Cabernet comes from the rocky edges of the Oakville district at a site next door to Screaming Eagle, a steep-hilled area renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon. To soften the wine slightly, the Peys harvest Merlot from a site clsoe to Paradigm and To Kalon. Made from heritage clones of Cabernet, clones 4 and 337, and 10% Merlot, this wine sees 50% new French oak for 21 months. Blackberry and graphite dominate the aromas and flavors, but it's the stout and steadfast texture, amped up by muscular tannins, that makes this unmistakably textbook Oakville Cab." - Laura Ness, The Good Life Collection, Holiday Guide 2017
Vineyard Notes Our "Mise en place" Cabernet Sauvignon comes from two very special single-vineyard sites located on the extreme eastern and western sides of the Oakville District abutting the rugged and dry Vaca Mountain and verdant Mayacamas mountain ranges. These sub-sections of the Oakville AVA are renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The terrain is characterized by steep hills that bask in warm afternoons, offering an ideal growing environment. Soil profiles include gravelly alluvium (eroded off the nearby mountains) covered by gravelly loam and in some places interspersed with large boulders. They are infertile and very well-drained. Planted in the early 1980's and 1990's these sites clonal material include heritage selections (likely from Beaulieu Block). Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these mature sites. After veraison we culled unevenly ripened bunches which reduced yield to less than 6 pounds per vine (@ 3.1 tons/acre), low for the Oakville District.
Production Notes TEXTBOOK Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot clusters were field-sorted, hand-harvested and then hand-sorted at the winery at an average of 26.3 Brix and subsequently cold soaked for five days in open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. We let the prevailing yeasts start the fermentation. Two daily punch-downs during fermentation kept the caps immersed and extracted superb flavor and structure. After thirty-three days on their skins we gently pressed into French oak barriques where the lots completed ML fermentation over the winter. Barrels were of the highest quality; 100% French, 50% new, three-year air-dried, medium-toast with toasted heads and handcrafted by Boutes, Francois Frères and Nadalié. A touch of Oakville Merlot from the westside foothills added mouthfeel and softness and completed the classic "Bordeaux Left Bank" blend profile. Twenty-two months maturation in barrel with two rackings and one egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully balanced, yet textured mouth-feel. We bottled twenty-nine barrels.