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HOOK & LADDER "THE TILLERMAN" ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON BLEND 2016
55% Cabernet Sauvignon
21% Cabernet Franc
Chalk Hill is an appellation with, generally, warmer days than in the rest of the Russian River Valley, with a variety of volcanic and alluvial soils across the western foothills of the Mayacamas range, rising 200 to 300 feet in elevation. Here, at our Los Amigos Ranch, just south of Healdsburg, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Sangiovese develop deep, bold flavors.
THE GROWING SEASON:
Despite going into the 5th year of drought, 2016 was another fantastic growing year in the Russian River Valley. Yields were larger than that of 2015 while a slightly cooler August allowed the clusters to mature more slowly and evenly than that vintage, providing great flavor and color development.
With this blend, we strive for a boldly flavored, balanced, well structured red wine. To achieve this, we evaluate various lots and varieties grown at our Los Amigos Ranch. The 2016 vintage yielded delightfully ripe, richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Sangiovese. We added Merlot to the blend to add opulence. They must be fermented and aged separately in European and American Oak for 18 months before blending and bottling.
HARVESTED: September 19- October 1, 2016
CASES PRODUCED: 4,756
AGING: Fermented individually in a combination with European and American Oak for over 18 months.
ESTATE BOTTLED: July 25, 2018
WINEMAKER: Jason De Loach