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2008 La Sophia Cabernet Sauvignon

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Winemaker's Notes

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2008 growing season was unusually cool but with the perfect September and October, we saw a level of physiological ripeness that wasn’t seen in recent years. The finished wines show a beautiful and balanced level of acidity, great level of phenolic maturity while the alcohol levels are under check.

Cabernet Sauvignon in Okanagan valley rarely gets to a level of physiological ripeness that can stand on its own two feet instead of playing a support role for Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 2008, with its long growing season, however, allowed us to do just that.

La Sophia is more akin to the greatest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington State rather than the plusher and fatter examples from Napa.

Great nose of cassis, cigar box intermixed with pain grillé and mélange of red and black currants. On the palate there is great weight, firm and present tannins and a balanced level of acidity. We are very excited to follow the development of this wine. It should stick around for many years to come and bring with it nuances and grow in complexity as it ages.

Pairings

The tannins are firmer and the acidity is higher than our Merlots. As a result the wine benefits from pairing with fattier cuts of meat and dishes that are  higher in acidity.

Region:South Osoyoos
Soil Type:

Sandy, Silty Loam

Age of Vines:15 years
Yield:3.5 tons per acre
Production:48 cases
Alcohol:14.1%
Aging:18 Months in French Oak, 50% New

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