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Rugged Elements Bavarian Lion Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Rugged Elements Bavarian Lion Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

Patiently waiting for full ripeness, these Cabernet Sauvignon vines were picked in mid-October. Pressing right at dryness after 15 days without further extraction moderated the ample tannin coming from these dark grapes. Extended aging in barrels for 24 months softened this structured wine and developed layers of chocolate and tobacco-infused complexity. Bottled without fining preserved the muscular nature inherent in Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this warm, far-eastern corner of Sonoma County. Take time with this wine in your cellar and decant to allow its full expression.

Winemakers Notes

Aromas of chocolate, bing cherry, and herbed olive beguile the nose but also strike a classic Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon signature. Decadent and savory notes unfold in this richly-textured but taut wine that finishes with refreshing pomegranate-flecked vibrancy.

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  • Composition: 99.5% Cabernet Sauvignon with 0.5% Petite Syrah
  • Appellation: Bavarian Lion Vineyard
  • Aging: 24 month barrel aging in 45% new French and Hungarian oak
  • Acidity: 6.0g/L
  • pH: pH 3.51
  • Alcohol: 14.2%