The nose of this cabernet captures the distinct scent of cool rain dancing on warm sidewalks after a long dry spell, and intertwines with aromas of black cherry, blackberry brandy, mocha and Indian spice. The gentlemanly palate is smoothly textured and unctuous to the touch with a framework of rounded tannins and balanced acidity while the flavor profile shows black cherry, vanilla, toasted oak and minerals.
The Cinnabar “reserve rows” program was inspired by Winemaker George Traquato’s 35 years of experience and his ability to identify the ultimate sections of a high-quality vineyard. Specifically, he looks for modest vine growth, gravelly soils, southern exposure, and hilltop locations.
Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California, is the heart and soul of the Lake County wine region and is responsible for creating a specialized “lake effect” by compressing temperature extremes in nearby vineyards. The Red Hills Lake County AVA is situated entirely within the Clear Lake AVA and at the foot of the dormant volcano Mount Konocti. The rolling terrain of this micro-region contains a thin veil of red volcanic soil above a deep layer of fractured obsidian, striking a dramatic counterpoint to the wider valleys and higher elevations of Lake County’s other AVAs.
Grapes were harvested from Amber Knolls Vineyard where the textbook conditions of 2,200-foot elevations, signature volcanic soils, and a warm dry climate were matched with Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 337 on 1103 rootstock in 2001. This small “all star” planting produces small early-maturing vines that transform stress resulting from minimal irrigation into small berries and loose clusters with favorable high skin-to-juice ratios and advanced flavor development.