2020 Cabernet Sauvignon
While introducing this Cab Sauv, it would be good timing and relevant. Cabernet Sauvignon is a late ripener. Although our growing season here in southern BC accumulates a lot of Growing Degree Days (average around 1650), it is given to us in a shorter period of time than our southern neighbours. The herbaceous characters of Cabernet are compounds called methoxypyrazines. These pyrazines metabolize only two ways – time or freezing! No one has ever said “aw man, I picked my Cab too late”, we now hang our Cabernet until it has experienced a frost or two. These cold temperatures cure the stems and pull vegetal characters from the clusters to the plants as dormancy begins. Sure, harvesting Cab after the second frost has its issues, but the resulting wine is well worth it! Fruit forward, cassis and black plum are dominant with a hint of olive. Enjoy now or age a few years.