2010 saw heavy spring rains and cool spring temperatures that persisted through May. As a consequence, bud break was delayed on our harvest calendar. However, favorable weather returned in June, just in time for bloom and fruit set. As the year continued, we welcomed cool summer days, random heat spikes and early autumn rainfall across our vineyards, all contributing to a long growing season. This long season provided ripe fruit while maintaining acidity, structure and varietal typicity, all valued in our wine.
Out of these conditions came a vintage I am proud to introduce, our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. To produce our 2010 Cab Sauv I allowed a four-day cold maceration followed by 10 days of fermentation, and daily pumpovers during active fermentation at 88°F. The total vat time was 31 days, followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine was aged for 20 months in 100% French oak barrels (60% new).
Made up of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Syrah this bold red has a black pepper nose and flavors of cedar and licorice that complement elegant lush tannins and provide a lift to the long, juicy finish.
But enough about what we think – listen to what others have to say of the wine:
“The 2010 Cabernet is excellent! My favorite wine has been the Mira 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon until the 2010 arrived this past month. The 2010 has similar flavors/aroma to previous years but the 2010 pulls them together for an experience that is more refined. Aged beyond its years.” – Wine Club Member
“Balanced and fresh, plush currants, dark/red berries delivering a full body and a firm finish” – Cuvee Corner Wine Blogger
Gustavo Gonzalez, Mira Winemaker