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2014 The Colossus,
Cabernet Sauvignon

Shasté Vineyard, Sonoma Valley

The Colossus is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from Shasté Vineyard, a small family-owned, sustainably farmed vineyard located on a rocky hillside above Glenn Ellen. The Cabernet Sauvignon, planted in 2000 is a mix of clone 15 & 337. The grapes had a long, slow ripening season and were harvested at the end of October.

The grape bunches were hand-sorted and destemmed into half-ton macro bins which had a layer of whole bunches spread on the bottom of the bin. The bins were then left to cold soak for a period of five days. Fermentation took place in half-ton lots with a variety of yeast being used. The must was punched down by hand 3-5 times a day during fermentation. The wine was pressed into oak barrels where it underwent its secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked once off its lees at the end of malolactic fermentation. Aged in a combination of French and American oak barrels (15% new) for 20 months, the Cabernet and Syrah were blended together prior to bottling.

There is no coincidence that this wine is named after the Colossal Squid - the largest and most mysterious of all cephalopods. This wonderfully dark brooding wine is big and bold with aromas of black cherry, cassis, and tobacco. Approachable and fruit forward, this big, juicy Cabernet has a wonderfully long finish with hints of spicy, dark fruit, a dash of Vanilla, and silky, round tannins. Great with a hearty meal, it’s also a joy to drink on it’s own whilst pondering the sea creatures of the deep.

Enjoy now and over the next 5–10 years.

Cases Produced: 218

$34 (750-ml Bottle)

$367 (12 Bottle Case – 10% Discount)

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