This Cab hails from Ron Siegemund’s “aCURE eSTATE” Vineyard, located in the hills at the western end of Alexander Valley, an area that enjoys long, sunny days and cool nights, ideal for properly ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is composed of a sandy, gravelly loam, and the vines tend to be very small. De Novo’s four-acre block provides fully mature, densely concentrated fruit. The vineyard and winery are powered by large pivoting solar photovoltaic panels, making the vineyard operations approximately 50% carbon-neutral.
The 2014 growing season allowed this hillside fruit to reach optimal ripeness and balance with the assistance of a favorable "hang-time". These grapes were harvested by hand in the cool of the early morning. At the winery, fermentation was self-initiated with native yeast, supplemented with classic French Red yeast. The increased skin surface area to juice volume ratio of these small-sized grapes lead to enriched flavor development. The wine was finished with aging in 100% French oak barrels.