This wine was designed from the top four barrels of our premier Cabernet Sauvignon in 2017. Eloquently showcasing the purity of “place,” the Blackwood Canyons vineyard is an original site on Red Mountain, planted 1983. The cuvée was stylishly blended with a touch of Petit Verdot, also from Blackwood Canyons, to highlight the structural frame of this multi-dimensional wine.
Fermented in taransaud oak fermenters and aged for 28 months in 90% new French oak.
The grapes were picked on October 13th, 2017 and brought to the winery for gentle destemming through the Bucher Oscillys destemmer. After a four-day cold soak, the grapes were inoculated and allowed to ferment on skins for 28 days, then pressed off in a basket press. Wine was sent to tank for homogeneous mixing before going down into barrel for Malolactic fermentation; once MLF was completed, the wine barrel aged for 28 months in various French coopers.
In June, when the wine began to open up and show a glimpse of its true character, we sat down to taste through the previous vintage. While tasting a handful of barrels, we noticed a unique character unlike the rest, densely wound tannins with incredible length and concentration. The quality was undeniable. We knew we had to pull these barrels aside for a separate bottling, one that would soon become the first vintage of Eroe. The expression of varietal character in the Cabernet Sauvignon epitomizes Red Mountain as a world class region for this noble grape.
Aromas of Bing cherries, crushed rock, violets, and cocoa nibs effortlessly lift from the glass. The dark stone fruit character of this wine is balanced by forest floor notes and a sweet oak finish. The structure is dense with muscular tannins, superb tension and a drawn-out mineral finish. The unique character of this wine lingers on the palate with every sip and will benefit from a good decant or extended cellar aging.
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