2015 featured a long and cool growing season that produced small berries and modest yields. These conditions favored our approach at Blue Rock where we strive for intensity without excess weight, inspired by the best wines of Bordeaux. The vintage also offered a tremendous example of what we can achieve through tireless efforts over many months in the cellar, multiple blending trials and the ultimate selection of only the very best barrels for our flagship bottling. Just entering its prime drinking window now after nearly two years in barrel and an extra year in bottle, this Best Barrels Cabernet will easily evolve in proper storage conditions for another 15+ years.
WINEMAKER'S TASTING NOTES
A rich and satisfying deep red/blue hue without being inky black, the aromas of this Cabernet instantly tell a story of pedigree and charm. 2015 benefited from careful barrel selection so as to complement the refined style of the vintage while providing all the lovely structure and layering offered by the best French oak. An alluring mix of both red and black fruits are embraced in layers of cacao, tobacco leaf, hints of leather, warm spices and vanilla, all carried by a silky mouthfeel, wonderfully ripe and fine tannins and a finish that goes on forever.
Cabernet is recognized around the globe for its power, intensity and structure, making it the ideal wine for filet mignon or other hearty cuts of beef or wild game. Rich and flavorful cheeses are another natural match. Yet when made with the deft touch so apparent in our 2015 Best Barrels, Cabernet can easily accompany a much broader selection at the table. Roasted duck, chicken, beets, mushrooms, braised cabbage and brisket, the list goes on and on.