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Vineyard: Hanna’s 2015
Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was grown on our Red Ranch in Alexander
Valley. Below Hoot Owl Creek, this benchland ranch is planted on Clough Series
gravelly loam soil. Above Hoot Owl, it is planted on Laughlin Series Sandy
Loam. These are soils of two foot depth and less. The vineyard is planted to 50
acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Malbec, two-and-a-half acres of
Merlot, two acres of Petit Verdot, and just over a half acre of Saint Macaire.
The Cabernet is planted to clones 7, 2 and 6. The Merlot is planted to clone 3.
Vintage 2015: The 2015 growing season was once again dry and odd. Late winter and early
spring were hot. Late spring was cool and fruit set was poor. The peak summer
months were moderate, resulting in steady ripening and good acid retention.
Late summer heat pushed sugar accumulation because of the small crop. The Malbec
was harvested on October 1, at 25.5o Brix and the Cabernet Sauvignon from September 10, to October 9, at an
average of 26.8 o Brix.
Winemaking: We hand harvested in the cool hours from midnight to
sunrise. The grapes were hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed to
stainless steel fermentation tanks. Pressing was done to taste, based on daily
tastings of the wines after pumpover, with an average of seven days skin
contact. The newly pressed wines were racked to tank and allowed to settle
before barreling. The wine was racked three times in its first year and once in
its second year. Aging was in 100% new 60 gallon barrels from Remond, Treuil
Reserve Status: We regularly taste through our lots of Bordeaux
reds. Exceptional lots and barrels are designated as potential blending components
for our Reserve wines; criteria are intensity of fruit, complexity, suppleness,
color and potential for longevity.
Notes: Nearly nero,
opaque, our young, still brooding 2015 Reserve Cabernet slowly opens into
aromas of black cherry, fresh mortar, cassis, cocoa and dried herbs. Flavors by
mouth are intense, with savory olive, chai, and red currant rushing to the fore
and supported by notes of balsamic reduction, warm leather, vanilla and
espresso. Texturally it is initially expansive and plush, finishing with firm,
energetic tannins. (Tasted 3-2-18)
Variety: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon; 23% Malbec
Vineyard Location: HANNA Red Ranch blocks 1, 21, 33, 7, 4, 11
and 5 in Alexander Valley
Age of Vines: Six to 14 years
Titratable Acidity (TA): 0.64 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar: 0.25%
Harvest Dates: September 10, to October 9, 2015
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 26.5o
Fermentation Inoculated with selected commercial yeasts, 7-8 days skin contact.
Malolactic fermentation: 100% of blend
Length/Type of Aging: 22 months in 60 gallon French Oak barrels
Oak Types: 100% new oak: Remond,
Treuil and Trust.
Bottling Date: September 15, 2017
Number of Cases 610