Davis Family Vineyards 2018 'CAB 5' Bordeaux Blend, Rockpile Ridge
Item Number: 17104
Sub Region: Sonoma
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 41% Cabernet Sauvignon / 26% Cabernet Franc / 21% Malbec / 8% Merlot / 4% Petit Verdot
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Elevation: 1,200 feet
In 2013 small lots of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot from Rockpile Ridge became available and Guy leapt at the chance to create a blend with these varieties with the Rockpile Cabernet Sauvignon. Thus was born the Cab 5, named for the 5 grape varieties that comprise this wine. This wine showcases the artistry of blending, highlighting the best in each variety while coming together seamlessly in this blend.
Terroir Notes: There are a few key factors that set the Rockpile AVA apart from neighboring appellations, one of the most distinctive being an elevation requirement. Vineyards must be at an elevation of 800 feet or higher to be included in the Rockpile AVA. Being at a higher elevation, Rockpile receives the full force of the coastal breezes that typically sweep over the neighboring valleys. It is not only the velocity of the wind, but the high percentage of the day in which it blows. It is a rare occurrence that there is any hour of the day without gusts of 3-5 mph; more commonly, the onshore flow feeds the area with sustained gusts of 10-15 mph. The wind stress has the added bonus of limiting the need for chemicals use in the vineyards.
Another feature that contributes to this unique terroir is the proximity to Lake Sonoma. The lake holds its temperature, creating an inversion layer that sucks the fog down to its surface. This keeps these high elevation vineyards virtually fog free, with great sun exposure. The lack of fog decreases the amount of moisture available to the vines. The lack of moisture leads to smaller berries, loose bunches, little to no botrytis, and overall higher quality fruit. Additionally, the extreme terrain of steep hillsides and shallow soils cause the vines to struggle, resulting in low yields of highly concentrated fruit. All of these components work together to create an appellation like no other – the Rockpile.
Winemaking Notes: All five varieties were picked, sorted, fermented and barrel aged separately in 100% French oak. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally. The wine is not fined or filtered. Minimal sulfites are added. Inspired by the traditions of Bordeaux, while showcasing the terroir of the Rockpile AVA, this wine is a true expression of Rockpile Ridge. The objective in crafting this wine is to not only have the ultimate in complexity and balance but a combination of richness and respect to the traditions of these grapes.