Vocal Vineyards 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bates Ranch, Santa Cruz Mountains
Cabernet Sauvignon is legendary in the Santa Cruz Mountains, The famed Monte Bello and Mount Eden vineyards have grown and crafted epic Cabernet for generations. Forty miles south, tucked into the redwoods and live oak savannahs on the back side of Mount Madonna and cooled by the breezes off the Monterey Bay that come over Hecker Pass, the Bates ranch cares for some of the most special old vine Cabernet in the region.
Vocal was lucky enough to be offered an allocation of hillside rows of Cabernet Sauvignon off the original dry farmed, own-rooted 1969 planting on the Ranch. The wine is spicy and rich and displays the chiseled elegance of old vine Cabernet. Our Cabernet is about honesty over cosmetics.
This spicy, rich Cabernet Sauvignon is from the original dry farmed, hillside roots in Bates Ranch, a site known for refined, cult wines. Now 50 years old, the vineyard is producing distinctive and varietally characteristic Cabernet Sauvignon from a very sought after parcel of land. The wine is destemmed and rested in barrel for under 2 years for further refinement of fruit and tannin structure.