2015 Stone Edge Farm Cabernet Sauvignon, 1.5LSonoma Valley
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in low yields, with exceptional quality. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early budbreak, and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than in 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to smaller berry size, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, making the overall season ideal for producing Cabernet Sauvignon of supreme quality. 2015 marked the fourth year of drought conditions in the North Coast wine regions. Budbreak was early, followed by relatively cold weather during flowering, causing a small and uneven berry set. This necessitated careful removal of any clusters that were lagging in ripening by mid-summer. The light crop matured quickly in a temperate warm summer, and we were fortunate to avoid damage in the early September heat spells that led some vintners to harvest prematurely. By the end of September, our best blocks were optimal for picking.
Grapes were handpicked and the clusters were sorted before being de-stemmed. The lightly crushed berries were cold-soaked for two days before getting fermented with the natural yeast that came in from the vineyard. We used a combination of one to three punched-down fermenters. Pressed gently in a basket press, the wines were moved to French oak barrels, where they completed the secondary malolactic fermentation. The separate lots were then aged on the fine lees for the first year, then racked and blended for aging in the second year.