Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
VARIETAL BLEND: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot
TASTING NOTES: This appealing, crowd pleasing Cabernet – consistently named a Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy” – delivers serious bang for the buck! It’s packed with juicy flavors of blackcurrant, black cherry and plum, with subtle hints of dark chocolate and spice.
VINIFICATION AND MATURATION: The grapes are harvested by hand for greater quality control. The bunches were immediately de-stemmed but not crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for a period of seven days at temperatures of 82˚- 90˚⁰F. Aerated racking was performed twice daily to ensure a clean ferment and soft tannins. The grapes were gently pressed in a bladder press, after which malolactic fermentation was completed in tank. 40% of the wine was aged in a mixture of French and American oak for a period of nine months, with the balance aged in tank. Each parcel was vinified and aged separately and then combined at blending.
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