2016 Hobel Cabernet Sauvignon The Grain
Grain: The orientation of wood-cell fibers or the arrangement or direction of fibers in wood.
2016 was an extremely welcome and giving vintage on multiple fronts. The growing season was very controlled with the precipitation at the right times. Unlike previous years, there were very few drastic heat events, to cause stress to both the vines and winemakers. Notably, there were only two days over 100 degrees, whereas in 2015 there were more than 20 days of 100 degree weather. An usually cool August pushed our estimated harvest date further back into a more normal schedule. The greatest benefit of prolonged hang time on the vine is that the fruit develops more complex anthocyanin compounds, leading to more intense and nuanced flavors. Another advantage of the favorable climate during the growing season was the increase in the number and size of clusters compared to 2015. Farmed by the Abreu Vineyard Management team, the vineyard was given exceptional care and attention throughout the growing season.
The Notes (From Winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown)
As always, we feel that focusing on the vineyard is essential to have great fruit to work with and, in turn, producing quality wines. In addition to having mature, well farmed vineyards for both of our Hobel bottlings, we had a favorable growing season with none of the stress of the previous vintages. Beautiful and bountiful fruit came in and vinifications progressed smoothly. The resulting wines are continuing to evolve now that they are bottled and it’s evident that there are no missing components. The 2016s could possibly be the best set of wines yet from Hobel.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon