Nick Goldschmidt - Forefathers - Cabernet Sauvignon

Nick Goldschmidt - Forefathers - Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Item# 72068I-13

Technical data

Vintage: 2013
Appellation: Alexander Valley
Vineyard: Lone Tree
Yield: 2 tons / acre
Release Date: Sep 2015
Alcohol Level: 14.3%
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauv
T.A.: 5.6 g/l
pH: 3.68
Aging: Demptos Allier
70% French
30% American
16 months, 80% new
Racked: Gravity racked three times

Vineyard

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 of the valley is either heavily forested or too steep to plant. Lone Tree is cane-pruned, a technique which produces 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.

Vintage

2013 represents another classic Alexander Valley vintage. Coming off the more difficult and lower crops of 2010 and 2011, once again we hit the warm, clear days that the AV is best known for. The growing season got off to a fast start in April and never really slowed down until mid-September. Harvest was about normal with yields slightly lower than 2012.
The Lone Tree Vineyard is a different site than most and we must look at it more closely. The vineyard is high up in the hills and runs cooler than those on the valley floor, so it ripens very slowly at first. Come September though, the morning fog rolls in and shrouds the valley completely. Lone Tree is above the fogline and gets abundant sunshine for the remainder of the season. The overall season is longer than the others though. Its long hang-times translate into more complexity and depth.