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2015 Ansar Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Moon Mountain District
Vineyard Designation
Viluko Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 1 - 12, 2015
Sugar
24.7 - 27.0
Acid
6.01 gms/L
pH
3.67
Aging
17 months, 70% new French oak
Fermentation
Native Yeast
Bottling Date
May 8, 2017
Residual Sugar
0.00
Alcohol %
15.1
Robert Parker
92

2015 Ansar Cabernet Sauvignon

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SKU: 15ANCS
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The result is wine that leaps from the glass with pure cassis liqueur tinged with a briary wildness. The barrel aromas of vanilla and coconut are accompanied with a latent bittersweet chocolate dust component. All these aromas meld into the flavors in a classic Cabernet that is rich and elegant, with a very long finish. I expect more than 12 years of life, but dare I say that it is a little hedonistic and wonderfully enjoyable now.
Ratings
"The 2015 [ANSAR] Cabernet Sauvignon Viluko Vineyard is medium garnet-purple colored and scented of crushed blackberries, black cherries and cassis with touches of camphor, bay leaves and tilled soil plus a waft of cedar chest. Full-bodied, rich, concentrated and packed with black fruits and menthol layers, it has a firm, grainy frame and a long, spicy finish. 85 cases were made." (92+ points) Lisa Perrotti-Brown, TWA #237
Vineyard Notes
Back in 1987 I worked my first vintage at was then Carmenet Vineyard, high in the mountains above Sonoma Valley. I was exposed to mountain-grown Cabernet and all that it features, from deep richness wrapped in a cloak of dense tannins, to the wonderful dark flavors of blackberry and cassis with exceedingly long finishes. This is what I sought when I engaged with Viluko Vineyards high in the mountains of the Mayacamas range north of Sonoma Valley. From this area that sits high above the fog the grapes benefit from abundant sunshine, but with the cooling effect of the underlying sea breezes that rolls in during the summer months. Perfect conditions are in line to produce Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that are among the best in California. Enjoy these classically styled wines of power and grace from this premier region.
Production Notes
In the creation of ANSAR I set out to produce Cabernet Sauvignon of the highest quality while maintaining the integrity of their origin. My whole goal is to extract all that I can from the highest quality fruit. After the fruit is destemmed, the whole berries are transferred to small open top tanks where they undergo a four day cold soak. A 20% saignée was performed early to concentrate the juice to skin ratio. Native fermentation commenced after 5 days until fermentation was complete. After a total of 21 days the lots were pressed. I employed the use of 70% specially selected new French oak in which the wines would sit for 19 months. Only gentle rackings were performed. No fining was needed on these rich wines.