Neyers Cabernet Sauvignon 'AME' 2016
40% new French oak, 60% neutral French oak
92 Points - Wine Spectator, “The red and black currant and plum fruit shows weight, yet this features ample energy buried within and light anise, briar and apple wood accents peeking through. A subtle tug of earth on the finish keeps this grounded. Well done.” –James Molesworth
The vines begin at an elevation of 800 feet, and are planted in spacing 3 feet between vines, and 6 feet between rows. The rows run east to west, across the south-facing slope of the hill, a hill that in some places is a 45-degee slope. The south face of the vines sees the sun from dawn to dusk. The soil is rocky with a deep set of basalt covering the hill from the thousands of years of volcanic activity and serves to trap water in its pores during the rainy season, then releases that water to the grapevine’s new feeler roots the following spring. The fruit from these vines is invariably darker and more intensely flavored than the grapes on the rest of the property, owing to their longer ripening time and lower yield.
The wine is fermented with native, wild yeast, drained and pressed after 40 days macerating on the skins, then aged 18 months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 40% of them new. The long maceration on the skins allows the wine to clarify naturally so it is bottled unfined and unfiltered, and the process also removes the harsher ‘green’ tannins, making the wine silky and approachable in its youth.”—Bruce Neyers