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2018 Sojourn Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon
2018 Sojourn Home Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Sojourn
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon
, Sonoma Valley
Home Ranch Cuvée

93 Points - International Wine Report
93 Points - Owen Bargreen

Dark fruit with blueberry fruit aromas and notes of mocha and cassis.  The texture is silky, rich and mouth-filling with berry pie, black tea, exotic spice and notes of chocolate fudge on the palate.  Fine grain tannins lengthen the finish with dark fruit flavors mingling with just a hint of mint.

Simply delicious!  Pairs with anything from the meat aisle, from barbecue pork ribs, leg of lamb or big, hearty meals.

Winemaking
Home Ranch Vineyard delivered robust blueberry flavors and layers of silky tannins this vintage. Cabernet Sauvignon lots from neighboring vineyards in southern Sonoma Valley were blended in, resulting in a complex cuvée. The wine was aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak barrels from top coopers Darnajou, Taransaud and Bel Air.

Vineyard
The Home Ranch Cuvée is built on a core of clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Home Ranch Vineyard in southwest Sonoma Valley, planted by Sojourn proprietor Craig Haserot in 2002. Tight spacing and immaculate vine training result in evenly ripened grapes with tiny berries and loose clusters. Robust blueberry fruit aromas and big silky tannins distinguish Home Ranch Vineyard wines from most of its Sonoma Valley brethren.

Vintage
The 2018 Sonoma Valley vintage offered moderate weather, cool evening temperatures and a long, even growing season. The weather conditions were ideal and allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly over the course of summer and early fall. This allowed the grapes to gain flavor complexities and ripe tannins, while retaining natural acidity. The vineyards offered grapes of exceptional quality.

Analysis
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyards:  Home Ranch Vineyard
Varietal Composition:  100% berry-sorted Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation:  Open-top fermentation, Native yeast
Aging:  70% New French Oak
pH:  3.73
TA: 6.1 g/L
Bottled June 2020
Cases Produced: 500
Alcohol:  14.6%


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