Region: Santa Cruz
Type: White Wine
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Nebbiolo
This 2018 Madson Red Blend is sourced from the Santa Cruz Mountains. The Cabernet Sauvignon grows alongside the Cabernet Franc in Los Altos Hills at the base of the northeastern slope of the appellation. The soils include metavolcanic rocks, basalt and blue-shist. The Nebbiolo is grown at Lago Lomita Vineyard at 2600 ft, on the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The soils include marine shales and arkosic sandstone.
The Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc were cofermented as whole clusters - fermentation occurred naturally and spontaneously. This blend was aged in neutral barrels for 17 months. The Nebbiolo fermented with 30% whole cluster and 70% destemmed whole berries for 31 days and remained on the skins for 57 days. This was pressed directly to neutral barrels for 15 month of elevage. Minimal sulfur added.
Gentle tannins, with great depth of fruit. Favors of blackcurrant and pomegranate are framed by aromas of dried tea rose, fennel and cedar.