This vintage, our Landslide Vineyard produced a wine that is youthful, elegant, and with deep fruit character. Opaque and deep red with a vibrant ruby edge. The nose shows dark bramble, violet, and cassis, with notes of forest floor and subtle black peppercorn. Inviting, fresh, and intriguing, this wine will continue to integrate flavors and aromas over time. Savory, dense flavors of blackberry, dried blueberry, and dark chocolate are followed by a broad mid-palate and sturdy tannins. The finish is long and lingering. The acid balance makes this wine inviting, rich, and delicious.
86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Malbec, 3% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Tannat
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.