About Mossback 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Chalk Hill, Sonoma
The term "mossback" is an old expression for farmers, folks connected to their roots and to the land. The Giguiere family has a storied tradition of farming in the Dunnigan Hills, having produced the R.H. Phillips wines and the Toasted Head wines they have invaluable and long relationships with the best farmers in the region for sourcing fruit. Chalk Hill is a small AVA with a unique micro-climate that favors Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were all hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters. They undergo a 24 hours "cold soak" to enhance the berry aromas before fermentation. Pumped over the wine twice a day to enhance color stability and aromas and pressed off at drynes into French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for 22 months. The final blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot. This silky Cab shows an enticing mix of berries, currants, leather and cigar box aromas. On the palate there's a lush mouthfeel with layered flavors of cassis, black cherry, vanilla and cocoa. The polished tannins lead to a silky finish. This is a rich, round, dense Cabernet that will age gracefully for several years. A Gold Medal recipient in the highly competitive San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.