ABOUT: The Bolt is made predominantly with fruit from own-rooted vines growing at approximately 1,200 feet above sea level in the Goose Mountain block of Goose Ridge Ranch.
We have been waiting for the right vintage to make a straight Cabernet Sauvignon and decided that the small, concentrated berries this vintage made it the perfect year to start. All the fruit for this wine comes from sustainably farmed Goose Mountain vineyards which is a spectacular vineyard contiguous with the renowned Red Mountain AVA (though we think our fruit is better!). The higher elevation and steeper slopes mean cooler nights and poorer soils relative to Red Mountain, which is ideal for world class grape growing.
VINIFICATION: The Cabernet Sauvignon was de-stemmed and then fermented with Native Yeast, followed by the wine being on its skins for 35 days (fermentation being about half that time). We make this wine without any intervention to preserve the honesty and integrity of the fruit and place. We had access to some beautiful Goose Mountain Syrah that we thought would add complexity and spice. We fermented the Syrah with Native Yeast and Whole Cluster and blended it together with the Cabernet Sauvignon right before we blended and moved all the wine to old, neutral barrels. In the barrels, we were looking to soften and concentrate, not to add toast and vanilla, thus the choice of used neutral barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Full bodied dry Red Wine. Dark Ruby Color w/ a Purple rim. Aromas of Bing cherries, Salted Black Licorice, Orange Blossoms, freshly cut Grass & a savory note of pan-seared Steak with fresh Rosemary. The palate is graceful & balanced, w/ juicy acid, sturdy tannins & restrained alcohol. Flavors of intense Blackcurrant, Espresso, Black Olive, & Dusty Herbs w/ broad shouldered structure. Med. finish.
FOOD PAIRING: Pair this wine w/ Steaks, Burgers, Game, Lamb, BBQ, Pastas w/ Flavorful Red Sauces, Charcuterie, Cheeses.