THE VINTAGE: While the 2013 growing season was another drought year, it was yet another great vintage. Temperatures were consistently moderate with few heat spikes, allowing the fruit from our 23 year-old vines the opportunity to reach optimal maturity and balance before harvest in early October.
THE CRAFTING: During the early morning hours of October 1st, the fruit for our Huge Bear Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested and brought to the winery cold. After fermentation, the wine was pressed to 60% new French oak barrels, where it aged for 18 months before blending and bottling.
THE TASTING: Playful aromas of ripe black fruit, licorice, cocoa and baking spices jump from the glass. While on the palate flavors of dark fruit are accented with hints of lavender, dried fruit, and dark chocolate lending themselves to a silky, lingering finish.
THE PAIRING: Like its namesake bear, this wine is strong and powerful and will stand up to heartier dishes. Open a bottle to pair with beef tri-tip and roasted vegetables, hearty meatballs, or your favorite pasta and cream sauce.
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