Gnarly Head - Cabernet Sauvignon
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Region: USA / California
Type: Full-bodied red wine
This Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted using grapes from select vineyards throughout Lodi, an area long known amongst California winemakers for its ability to fully ripen Bordeaux varieties. Cabernet from each area adds a unique character to the final blend: Clements Hill adds tannin and structure; Alta Mesa adds a layer of jammy, ripe black fruit; Mokelumne River contributes nuances of herbs; and Sloughhouse adds hints of spice. These layers are all wrapped around the dense, juicy core of wine made from Borden Hills fruit.
Grapes are harvested in the cool of the night at the peak of ripeness and immediately delivered to the winery to be de-stemmed into tanks where they sit for 24-48 hours, slowly warming up to proper fermentation temperature. After fermentation is complete, a portion of the wine is aged on a blend of American and French oak while the balance ages in stainless steel to provide bright black fruit notes to the final bold, structured blend.
Color: Deep ruby red.
Nose: Aromas of black cherry, blackberry, freshly-cracked black peppercorn and floral violet.
Palate: Flavors of dense black fruit compote and currant followed by a trio of clove, spice and earth lead to a generous, lingering finish.
Food pairing: Grilled lamb skewers, strong cheeses or a spaghetti Bolognese.