Harvest Date: 9/15, 10/23 Grape Sources: Tietjen Vineyard Wood Vineyard Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon 4% Petit Verdot Harvest Brix: 25.2°, 24.5° Maceration: 15 day native yeast fermentation Aging: 30 months in French oak (60% new) pH: 3.69 TA: 0.52 g/100ml Alcohol: 14.8% Production: 532 cases 12-pack 750ml 20 cases 1.5L TASTING NOTES: The 2008 Tietjen Cabernet Sauvignon is darkly colored with brilliant clarity. Fruit and oak are seamlessly integrated in this complex and balanced Cabernet. Aromas of cassis, black cherries, earthy spices, and cedar greet you upon entry. Once on the palate, the wine displays flavors of ripe cherries, cocoa, espresso, mint, and warm spices. The tannins, long and soft, provide just enough grip to hold all the nuanced components together. Rutherford at its best. This Cabernet will pair wonderfully with lamb, venison, beef, and rich cheeses. Decanting this wine is always beneficial. It will age well for 15 to 20 years.