Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon (2017)
Our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of cherries, berries, cedar, brown sugar, and toast. Flavors of berries, toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker follow with a toasty caramel finish. This medium-bodied wine pairs deliciously with grilled meats and tomatobased pasta dishes. VINTAGE The 2016 vintage started and finished with ample water in the ground and in the reservoirs. An earlier-than-normal bud break with no frost events rolled into warm, sunny spring days. Summer offered classic ripening with cool night and morning temperatures and moderate days. August heated up, bringing the fruit to optimum ripeness for harvest. GROWING REGION A portion of the grapes for our Cabernet Sauvignon were harvested in the Lodi American Viticultural Area (AVA) surrounding our winery. One of the first recognized winegrowing appellations in California, here warm days are tempered by cool breezes from the San Joaquin Delta, allowing grapes to reach full maturity, yielding a well-balanced, fruitexpressive wine, vintage after vintage. WINEMAKING To achieve optimum flavor maturity and sugar-to-acid balance, the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed immediately after harvesting. We then fermented with a selected yeast strain at a slightly warmer temperature for increased complexity of flavors. After fermentation, we allowed a portion of the wine to undergo extended maceration to increase richness and soften tannins. The wine was finally aged in French and American oak, adding a rich and toasty finish.
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