Brilliant violet color. A spice-accented bouquet evokes fresh cherry, blackberry and licorice, along with floral and mineral overtones. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering juicy red/blue fruit and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened by a peppery flourish. The long, gently sweet finish is shaped by fine-grained tannins leaving zesty spice and mineral notes behind. (raised for 18 months in new and used French oak barrels)Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media 90
THE VINEYARD ÆRENA’s single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is farmed from vines at 2400 ft. elevation in the Red Hills of California’s North Coast. These mountain vineyards are the result of the same volcanic and tectonic processes that formed the terroir of many of the North Coast’s classic regions. As one would expect of mountain viticulture, elevation moderates temperature extremes and diurnal shifts, allowing for a long growing season that results in complex flavor development. The intensity of flavors is magnified by vine stress from well-drained, iron-rich vineyards littered with black obsidian, quartz crystal, and volcanic gravel.