2012 TR Cabernet Sauvignon, Block 1
This wine shows balanced fruit with cassis transforming into dried lavender, cigar box, and cocoa powder. The tannins are softened from two years of barrel aging, complimenting the leather and toasted vanilla on the finish.
The vines of Block One run north to south through Arbuckle gravelly loam soil on the TR Passalacqua Ranch. This steep south-facing hillside produces a rich complex wine that showcases deep dark fruit and an integrated tannin structure. The Cabernet from Block One was aged in barrels made by the famed cooper Alain Fouquet, the same ones he crafts for the legendary Chateau Margaux. These were chosen to enhance the Margaux-like qualities of Block One: seductive aromatics overlying a wine of great structure and ageability.