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Adjacent to Pritchard Hill and Howell Mountain, off Sage Canyon Road 6.5 miles east of the Silverado Trail, above Lake Hennessey and the town of Rutherford.
The Cabernet Sauvignons from our Vineyard Block Series take their names and are sourced from prized vineyard blocks and areas of the estate named by Pat, and showcase the myriad flavors and structures expressed by this single varietal at our mountain estate. Adding to the complexity of these estate-grown wines is the fact that every year we benefit from early, mid-season, and late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon, which contributes to a wide spectrum of appealing flavors. In addition, our diversity of soil types in combination with various rootstocks, training methods, exposures, orientations, and clones, consistently produce several different styles
of wine. Colors range from vibrant, glowing red to almost opaque purple, aromas from red peppercorn, flowers, and sweet dried herbs to black plum, black licorice, tar, and smoked meat, and structures from clean, bright, and focused to heavy, soft, and sweet. Some wineries need to source fruit from all over the valley to get this kind of
diversity – we have it all on our estate within five-minutes of the winery.
The 2005 vintage produced wines of classic beauty and structure. Flavor development came in the waning days of summer and consequently, the wines are very reminiscent of fall. The 2005 India Ink is a very deep red purple. It is dark smelling, meaty, and loaded with essence of black fruits. Like the 2004, it has an inherent smokiness. The wine is very soft, immediately mouth-coating (like ink!), and very long. It would only benefit from extra bottle age, but if you’re in a hurry, decant at least an hour before enjoying. Dave Lattin
2.1 tons per acre. 319 cases produced.