2017 Acumen PEAK Attelas Cabernet Sauvignon
99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Malbec; 104 cases produced
Though this wine is remarkably rich and concentrated, it carries its weight with a polished elegance, beautifully balancing robust tannins with a lively, sophisticated structure. On the nose and palate, layers of ripe berries, chocolate, and baking spices predominate, with hints of bay leaf, sage, and mountain herbs adding depth and nuance. The finish is lush and rewarding, with a lingering richness that accentuates the lush dark-berry flavors.
2017 Vintage Notes
The 2017 growing season started out with record precipitation providing vines with sufficient water tables to safely get them through several heat spikes that began as early as June and prior to the berries going through veraison. We usually see natural acidity maintained in our grapes due to our high elevation and as ripening often happens at a steady pace before most hot days occur late in the season.
Aided by naturally thicker skins and also the implementation of shade cloth in certain blocks, the early heat events therefore basically left us unaffected. Patience was however required as vines tend to slow down at higher temperatures extending the berries’ phenolic ripening.
While prolonged temperatures of 110+F in early September prompted several winemakers to begin harvesting red varietals our winemaking team held steadfast and patiently waited until the beginning of October before bringing in the first red varietals. Rewarded then with more moderate temperatures, the resulting wines express themselves as both full-bodied, greatly structured, and with ample but supple tannin levels.
“Attractive blackberry and currant character. A little lean on the palate with chewy tannins and a juicy finish. Tight and lean. Not as opulent as some may expect. 99% cabernet sauvignon and 1% malbec. Drink now.” 90 Points: Outstanding -James Suckling, February 2020
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