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…You might expect the wines to be massive, but they are very perfumed, dark, and complex - more like Screaming Eagle.

Drive the Oakville Cross Road to the Silverado Trail then look directly forward and up and you see Tierra Roja, a small four acre jewel of a hillside vineyard. Great neighbors – Backus, Screaming Eagle, Maya and Rudd. The vineyard is dotted with big rocks, and the soil is definitely roja (very red). You might expect the wines to be massive, but they are very perfumed, dark, and complex – more like Screaming Eagle. This wine comes from the upper steep terraces of the vineyard, directly below Dalla Valle. We used 5% Cabernet Franc from one of Oakville’s premier vineyards to make the wine a fond homage to it’s neighbor Maja.

The Oakville Hillside Cabernet was fermented in a single closed top tank. This was allowed to stay on its skins for a little over 30 days. The wine continued to pick up sweetness and depth without adding on any drying tannin so extended maceration was used. After fermentation this was lightly pressed to new Taransaud and Darnajou barrels.

… Oakville Hillside Cabernet is one of mixed red and black fruits along with the great spine of acidity that the red soils of the Eastern hillsides provide.

The profile of the 2015 Oakville Hillside Cabernet is one of mixed red and black fruits along with the great spine of acidity that the red soils of the Eastern hillsides provide. This is medium/full weight with black cherry, currants, cedar and sweet/ripe tannins. The tremendous balance on this Cabernet shows everything that you you could want for a long graceful evolution, but should also be very approachable in its youth.

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