Cabernet Sauvignon had been the foundation of Bordeaux�s reputation for red wines until California�s Napa Valley became a viable challenger to France�s Cabernet supremacy. Then Chile and Australia became contenders. Now almost all grape growing regions produce Cabernet. The biggest surprise from globe-trekking Cabernet perhaps is found in an area unheralded, and in fact not even officially in existence 2 decades ago � Red Mountain, Washington.
Red Mountain was first planted to grapes in the 70�s and 80�s, but was not officially recognized until it received AVA (American Viticultural Area) status in 2001. The AVA status was granted in recognition of the area�s unique soil and climatic conditions creating a taste profile in its red wines that is truly distinct to the region. The vineyards have high calcium carbonate content in their soil. This imparts a distinctive chalkiness in Cabernets. The chalkiness combines with the powerful dark fruit qualities of the grape to create the big, chewy mouth-feel that is a clear signature of Red Mountain Cabernet. Another distinction is a hint of orange peel or Grand Marnier-like aromatics and flavours. Together these two traits make Red Mountain Cabernet immediately recognizable and highly prized.
Fermentation on Red Mountain Cabernet Crushed Grapes and our two-stage Hungarian oak process delivers all of the body, aromatics and flavours that make Red Mountain Cabernet such a stand-out.
Red Mountain is one of America�s smallest AVA�s. To date, less than 1000 acres are planted to grapes and only about 700 of these are bearing fruit. Data suggests that there were less than 700 tons of Cabernet harvested at Red Mountain in 2005. Despite the limited tonnage from Red Mountain, we estimate that 18 of the 50 Cabernets that Wine Spectator Magazine ranked as being the best from the �04 and �03 American vintages used Red Mountain Cabernet to achieve their stand-out appeal.
This Limited Release offering is indeed very special and very rare! Our available supply is naturally limited.