Iron Side Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon

California, 2015

From 2012 to 2014, California experienced a string of record breaking high quality vintages. In 2015 the vines needed a rest. Years of drought finally took its toll on yield. In addition, a mild winter caused early bud break, and a wet and cool spring had a negative impact on flowering and fruit set. However, as the growing season progressed the weather improved. A warm, sunny and dry growing season led to an early and condensed harvest of healthy and ripe fruit. Although the crop was light, the fruit still possesses that characteristic California flavor and ripeness.

The 2015 Iron Side Cabernet Sauvignon comes exclusively from the Red Hills in California’s Lake County. The vineyards here fan out on hillsides of an extinguished volcano and climb to over 2,000 feet above sea level. The elevation slows ripening in the otherwise hot and dry climate, resulting in balanced acids and sugars. The soils here are free draining and consist of a unique combination of black obsidian, quartz and volcanic gravel that is strikingly red in color. This is terroir unique to this corner of northern California and results in expressive, but balanced Cabernet Sauvignon.

Given time, the vineyards in the Red Hills will likely achieve the same status of their more famous neighbors to the south.

Tasting Notes
Deep ruby in color with flavors of black currant and red plum, and secondary flavors of smoke, gravel and toast. The wine is full-bodied with a soft, but ample texture that is balanced by the wine’s expressive acidity and long, toasty finish. Enjoy on its own or serve it up alongside a grilled New York Strip.