In 2014 & 2015 we planted the 11:11 and Destin Vineyard with young graftings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. For the inaugural harvest of these grapes, Mother Nature delivered more than expected. The growing season was ideal; long and slow, resulting in an abundant harvest. What an exciting vintage to release our newest wine. Predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 X∙I is a mélange of the five Bordeaux varietals giving this youthful blend depth and complexity. The wines dense and inky appearance focuses the nose to persistent aromas of dark plums and blackberries. Hints of graphite and black olive round it out giving this powerhouse a perceived maturity. The palate commands attention balanced by acidity, tannins and weight. Layers of cacao, raspberry, cinnamon and nutmeg are the most prominent flavors followed by a hint of white pepper. The polished and fine-grained tannins complete the palate with finesse. Displayed, this wine is approachable, yet simultaneously formidable with all the heft and structure needed to age. Whether poured to stand alone or paired with a hearty meal, this wine is an occasion in and of itself.
This young and bold wine will pair well with a classic ribeye or Santa Maria tri-tip for the meat lovers. For something interesting try it with a truffle cacio e pepe or a cacao rubbed pork chop. To finish your meal a baked apple crisp drizzled with caramel is sure to excite your taste buds.
Winemaker: Kirk Venge
- Cabernet Sauvignon
- Oak Knoll District