2017 Acumen PEAK Cabernet Sauvignon
90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 3% Malbec; 201 cases produced
Bringing together the best of both worlds from our Attelas and Edcora estate vineyards, this wine balances the concentration and power of great mountain-grown Cabernet, with a layered complexity that reflects the diversity of our estate vineyards.
Luxurious aromas of blackberry and black cherry leap from the glass, followed by sophisticated nuances of dried herbs, cedar, sage, and dusty earth. On the palate, this wine is generous and alluring, with dramatic dark berry and spice flavors, rich, mouth-filling tannins, and an age-worthy structure that reflects its high-mountain origins.
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.
Wine & Spirits
“Year's Best US Cabernets & Blends”
Like Acumen’s Peak Cabernet of 2015, this is a powerfully tannic, mineral-driven, mountain-grown wine. In 2017, there’s some volatility to the purple juice that fills the structure, more vegetal than fruity, needing age to mellow and for the fruit to emerge.” 91 Points: Exciting, distinctive; a wine that transcends simple typicity to its region or variety; a vivid, singular expression of place. -Josh Greene, December 2019
“Aromas of currants and stones with some black licorice follow through to a medium body. Firm and chewy tannins that are polished and tight. 90% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 2% malbec and 1% merlot. Drink or hold.” 90 Points: Outstanding -James Suckling, February 2020
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