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  Wine Statistics
Varietal Composition- Approximately 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Appellation- Carmel Valley Harvest Date-  November 15, 2005 Brix at Harvest- 25.5 Alchohol: 15% by volume Total Acidity- .65 pH- 3.62 Barrel Aged-  20 Months Bottle aged- Twenty months prior to release Cooperage- New and one year old French Oak Production- .87 Tons  118 Cases

2013 Crist Family Vineyard Spencer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmel Valley

Winemaker Notes
2013, our seventeenth leaf, was another finicky year as the drought continued. With an early bud break in March and spring providing warm weather through fruit set, The summer was not exceptionally hot although we did have a few weeks of Indian summer typical of Carmel Valley in October and early November.  Warm days and cool nights as harvest approached extend the hang time and intensified the flavors of the fruit but the acid would not fall out. The grapes were hand harvested in the cool early morning hours and delivered to the winery before 9am. 100% of the grapes were gently destemmed and placed in small open top fermenters where they were cold soaked for 4-5 days before fermentation began naturally. Primry fermentation lasted between 10-14 days. The wine was then left on the skins for an additional week before the wines was drained and the must gently pressed. The wine was then transferred to 30% new and 70% nuetral French oak where it finished malo-lactic fermentation. Once ML was complete, a small sulfur addition was made and the wine was left to age for 24 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Notes
In the glass the 2013 Spencer’s Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmel Valley explodes with aromas of ripe blackberry, plum, violets, espresso, and dark chocolate. The mid palate is full with concentrated black fruit and chalky tannins. The finish is long with layers of licorice, cola and sweet spice from the french oak. Complex limestone and mineral components focus the structure to show a refined elegance. 

Pair it up with filet mignon, bone in rib eye, or you favorite wild game.

Save another bottle to finish your evening with your favorite Cuban cigar.

Very good. Bernardus Gentlemen’s Lunch Club.