There is no question that California’s Central Coast has gained a reputation for the potential of outstanding wines. Vineyards, both old and new, are prime locations for the exponential growth of wineries in the area.
Because of the orientation of the local valleys (running east and west rather than north and south), the land is frequently cooled by coastal fogs and the persistent marine layer. This cooling, combined with a significant amount of mid-day sun, allows for an optimum growing area.
Edna Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (2012) is a product of this unique environment. Sampling this Cab brings out a depth of the tannins and an abundance of dark fruity flavors. Acidic on the initial sip, as it lingers on the palate it grows on you. Hints of chocolate and vanilla remind you of the complexity of this Cab.
The 2012 is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (94%) and Petite Sirah. The grapes are Central Coast and represent the quality of the vineyards in the area. Adding to the depth of the wine are the elements provided by the combination of the volcanic and maritime soils found in the area.
For the 2012 season, the grapes had a harvest period of September and early October. The growing season was marked by a period of relatively (for the area) intense heat. These elevated temperatures moved the harvest up by several weeks. The berries themselves were full of premium juice and at harvest, provided significant liquid for the press.
Edna Valley Vineyards harvested the grapes during the early hours of the morning to maximize the full potential of the berry. After destemming, the grapes were gently crushed and then went to fermentation where the process was carried out over several days.
Winemaker Joe Ibrahim sought to produce a robust Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2012 product definitely fit his goal. With an alcohol level of 13.9%, it is not overly powerful, and with a pH of 3.64, it is not overly acidic. From a pure drinking point of view, it is a wine easy to drink, and can be combined with almost any red meat meal.
This is a wine which can be consumed with pride as you share it with friends, or you can be selfish and keep it to yourself. Either way, it’s a good choice for both immediate and long-term consumption.
Have a winederful day!