Goldschmidt Vineyards 2016 Elementary Lone Tree Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Alexander Valley, Sonoma, CA
Summer 2020 Wine Club Selection (Limited Quantities Remain)
- color: deep purple
- aromas: concentrated red fruit, cherry, dried herbs, rose petals
- palate: dramatic mouthful of red fruit, balanced, lush tannins
RegionAlexander Valley, Napa Valley, CA
AgeabilityEnjoy through 2025 and beyond
Goldschmidt Vineyards 2016 Elementary Lone Tree Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a 3 acre parcel just north of Geyserville. This mountain vineyard faces east and avoids hot afternoon temperatures. East-facing slopes are a relatively rare occurrence in the Alexander Valley, as most are either heavily forested or too steep to plant.
Lying at an 800’ elevation, it runs cooler than those on the valley floor and ripens very slowly at first. Starting in September the morning fogs roll in and shroud the valley completely. Lone Tree is above the fog line and gets abundant sunshine for the remainder of the season. The overall season is longer than the others though and the longer hang-times translate into more complexity and depth. Lone Tree’s key is being dry farmed and cane-pruned, Technique’s which produce smaller berries, less dense clusters, and a more open canopy. The benefit is more even ripening. More black fruit, more depth, and more power is the signature of these much sought after east- facing sites.
Similar to 2014 & 2015, the 2016 is another fine vintage in a string of great vintages dating back to 2010. The 2016 vintage was again early with yields coming in slightly lower but bigger than 2014 & 2015. The season was even and received more water, thanks to a great winter of rain in 2015. The cool nights really put this exceptional vintage over the top.
Aging: Demptos Allier 100% French 16 months, 80% new
Gravity racked three times