“The 2015 Slope is 98% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot, and it’s not far off the flagship with its awesome bouquet of blackcurrants, crushed rocks, graphite, and tobacco. It's deep, concentrated, has beautiful sweetness of fruit, and the classic earthiness and minerality that common from the wines of this great estate. Aged 28 months in 75% new French oak, it can be drunk today with incredible pleasure or cellared for two decades.”
— Jeb Dunnuck 96 pts
2015 Immortal Slope
Slope represents the many aspects, elevations and exposures of this remarkable hillside vineyard. Individual lots from across the property were selected and blended to produce this august cuvée. Rich, profound and dense, this mountainside Cabernet entices with its sweet fruit, supple palate and persistent flavors. Nuances of dark chocolate and black fruit unfold into layers of dark cherry, anisette, black raspberry, chai tea and mocha. Accessible in its youth, it will continue to evolve for decades.
Harvest Dates: September 25th to October 13th
Varietal: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petit Verdot
Production: 1,800 six packs made
2015 Viticultural Season
The 2015 vintage began as the fourth year of drought in California. Spring rains relieved the intensity of the drought, more than filling our irrigation pond for the year’s growing season, even if rainfall was low for the year. Uneven temperatures and spring winds and rain severely impacted flowering and berry set, dramatically reducing crop yields at our vineyard and across the North Coast. The light crop ripened in a growing season that rolled between warm and cool spells, the season mild and warm after the extremes of the Spring. Difficult flowering can lead to uneven ripening, which we addressed with stringent and aggressive crop selection at veraison, dropping fruit despite the already light crop. The ongoing drought conditions provided us with small berries with thick skins, providing concentration and intensity. The unusually light crop ripened quickly, allowing us to begin harvest two weeks earlier than normal, making it by far the earliest harvest in our fourteen year history.
Fruit was selected for harvest by taste, picking small lots over the course of three weeks. The clusters were hand harvested, meticulously sorted and destemmed, before raisins, imperfect berries and stem fragments were removed. The crushed fruit was held cold in tank prior to native fermentations, then allowed to macerated on the skins for as long as 50 days before being gently pressed off. The new wines were sent to french oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging for twenty eight months. Individual barrels were selected from five wine lots for inclusion in the Slope blend which was bottled unfined and unfiltered in March of 2018.