The Lone Canyon Vineyard is located on the flank of Mt. Veeder in the western hills of the Napa Valley. At an elevation of 1,100 feet above sea level, this dramatic and rugged ranch consists of 480 acres, 75 of which are planted to vineyards. Planted to 9 Cabernet Sauvignon clones and carved in small sections of the mountain, the steep winding slopes of Lone Canyon render clay loam soils of moderate depth that provide excellent drainage. The 2008 harvest began on September 24th and was completed October 17th. The vintage was a lighter than average crop due to minimal annual rain fall and late spring frosts. These conditions induced very low yields (<2 tons per acre) and an early harvest resulting in wines with pronounced depth and intensity unique to this amazing site.
The 2008 Ladera Lone Canyon Cabernet Sauvignon is a deeply concentrated and finely balanced wine that speaks specifically to its mountain origin. Harvested in the early hours to preserve the fresh fruit characteristics; then de-stemmed to tank and cold soaked for 5 days before commencement of fermentation. Fermented using native and cultured yeasts then aged for 22 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral French oak and bottled without fining or filtration. The wine was bottled August 10th, 2010 at 232 cases.
Lone Canyon Vineyard typically produces intense wines with bountiful, full-bodied tannins that are not for the faint of heart! This deep, ruby colored Cabernet Sauvignon has intense aromas of black cherries, blueberry extract and crème de cassis complimented with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg spice. The rich opulent palate is packed with ripe fruit flavors, a plush core and fine integrated tannins that lead to a long and satisfying finish.