2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Coquelicot
Santa Ynez Valley
French Oak, 20% New
Baking spices with a velvety, crisp, fruity full body and a polished, elegant, medium-long dried peony, black tea, and tobacco finish with silky, fine tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, dense cabernet packed with purple fruits and flowers.
Cabernet Sauvignon thrives at Coquelicot. The low valley planting is well suited to Bordeaux varieties as it stays cold through the morning but gets very hot in the afternoon. It is difficult to ripen the green bell pepper flavor out of Cabernet in cold growing areas; but too hot and the fruit looses its flavor completely. This is a perfect site for no sulfites wine as it retains plenty of natural vibrancy and structure with pronounced aromas of farmer’s market blackberry stand, and baking spices. Coquelicot has been farmed organically for many years and has shown no residual pesticides in the wines produced from its fruit.
2017 was a warm year causing a drastic low yield with highly concentrated fruit. This fruit was hand picked, cold soaked for 3 days, fermented for 20 days on its skins with wild yeast, and aged for 10 months in French Oak.
No Added Sulfites • Certified USDA Organic • Wild Fermentation • 6 Barrels produced