This vintage, our Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is youthful and elegant, with deep fruit character. Opaque and deep red with a vibrant ruby edge. The nose shows violets, blackberry, chocolate, cassis, and bramble berry, with notes of toasty oak. Inviting, fresh, and intriguing, this wine will continue to integrate flavors and aromas over time. Savory, dense flavors of dried blueberry, bramble berry, and dark cocoa are followed by a broad mid-palate. Toasty, sweet oak frames the fruit and lends structure. The wine finishes with chewy tannins and a touch of vanilla. The acid balance makes this wine inviting, rich, and delicious.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 7% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot, 2% Tannat
This Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with pappardelle pasta with duck and porcini ragu, braised short ribs and polenta, or grilled portobello mushroom on toasted brioche.
Millions of years of geological and seismic upheaval created our Landslide Vineyard, named for a slide so massive it changed the course of the Russian River. The river cut through the land and deposited the minerals, rock, clay, and loam that make up Landslide’s distinctive soil composition. The topography of this 170-acre vineyard, planted exclusively to red Bordeaux varietals, is so varied that we view it and farm it as three distinct blocks: Uplands (provides structure and density, inspiring a huge back-of-the-mouth sensation with high tannins), Midlands (producing powerful wines with more weight on the mid-palate and higher tannin levels), and Lowlands (wines produced from these blocks yield riper berry character with softer, more elegant tannin structure). Bud break, flowering, veraison, and harvest occur at different times within each of these sections. The nearby Pacific Ocean exerts its influence by bringing cool fog in the mornings and evenings to temper the warm days.