Byrd 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Malbec aged in 50% new and 50% year old French Oak. Large boned, intensely succulent, focused black fruits, blackberry, vanilla, and dark chocolate with a long finished framed in French Oak. Pioneering California’s newest and highest elevations for purest fruit and intense flavor. Some of the best new California wines you’ll taste... from the Best California Wine Region you’ve never heard of.
The finest wines have always been the product of place, soil, terroir, elevation: the tiniest fraction of all wines of the vintage. This is extreme farming...150 days here is like 180 days on the valley floor: the vines don’t shut down. The higher you get, the sun radiates more...and these vineyards are at an amazing 2400 feet...softer tannins, higher acids. Wines from altitude: richer extraction, higher intensity of phenolics and photosynthesis, UV penetration; all altitude-specific qualities yielding rounded, elegant, beautifully balanced examples of extract and finesse. From the geographical perspective alone, this is one of the most special places in California. From the vignerons perspective, this far northern end of the Mayacamas Range offers persistent sunshine without too much heat enabling balanced phenolics of brilliant ripeness and acidity. Virtually nothing intrudes between the mountain and the Pacific Coast in this remote new wine region.