Domaine Eden Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015

Style: Full-bodied red                Vintage: 2016                         ABV: 14%

Appellation: Santa Cruz             Varietal: 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 1% Malbec

Region: California                     County:  USA

Pairings:  Blue Cheese Burgers, Rosemary Braised Lamb Shanks, Filet Mignon with Rich Balsamic Glaze, Lamb Tagine, Slow Cooker Beef Stew, Moussaka.

Cheese Pairings: Aged Cheddar, Bleu, Gorgonzola.

About This Wine: The Domaine Eden Cabernet has always been a blend that reflects the mid-appellation of our home, the Santa Cruz Mountains. These past few vintages have been challenging: 2015 was again a drought year and the vines felt it; all six of the vineyards that compose this blend yielded less than one ton per acre. The harvest began early on September 11th which is not typical for mountain Cabernet but what Mother Nature insisted upon during this drought. This vintage is lovely with solid cassis-driven aromas edged with mint and touches of forest floor, with tremendous concentration. The balance of fruit to tannin to acidity remains beautifully proportional, arguing for a long life in the cellar.