Bold and intensely flavored, our Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with grapes from Sonoma and Napa. The blend of these two regions creates an expansive palate that offers dark fruit flavors, round tannins and an enduring finish. Sweet vanilla nuances and the occasional savory note make this Cabernet a truly unique wine. Description
Ghost Pines knows no boundaries. Inspired by the free-form nature of the indigenous gray pines that loom mysteriously throughout Northern California, Ghost Pines embodies the progressive spirit of California winemaking. Rather than dwelling on traditional boundaries like AVAs or vineyards, grapes are chosen solely for their quality and flavor from California’s best regions. This selective practice results in a collection of wines that offer a distinct balance of texture, acidity and flavor that could never be mistaken for ordinary.
In 2012, we carefully selected grapes for this Cabernet from unique vineyard blocks in Sonoma and Napa counties. Each block was chosen to add a different dimension to the final blend. The 2012 growing season was a winner for both Sonoma and Napa. We had consistent temperatures and well-timed rainfall that culminated in a successful harvest in September and October.
To make our Ghost Pines Cabernet, we kept each vineyard block separate until blending, which began after the wine was fermented. We initially combined vineyard lots from similar regions throughout the winter and spring; then we blended the different regions together throughout the summer to create a blend of 65% Sonoma County and 35% Napa County fruit. This Cabernet was aged on French oak to impart hints of chocolate, coffee and toasted oak while adding density to the mouthfeel.
65% Sonoma County, 35% Napa County