We are focused on crafting exceptional wines from our estate grown Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. We believe that minimal handling and manipulation of our grapes and wine yields the purest expression of Detert Family Vineyard’s unique terroir. To that end, we hand pick and sort every cluster of grapes. We allow natural fermentation of the must in the tank, and malolactic fermentation in barrel. We press our wines directly into a mix of new and one-, two-, and three-year old French oak barrels.
The 2010 growing season was first marked by early June rains which disrupted flowering and led to fewer berries forming on each cluster. Then we had a long cool summer with overcast skies and temperatures in the 70s. To insure ripeness we opened up the vine canopies, pulling leaves to expose fruit to the precious few rays of sun available. Then in late August, the clouds parted and the sun returned with a vengeance. We experienced 3 days of temperatures around 110 degrees. Much of the fruit we had carefully exposed couldn’t handle the shocking climatic flip and simply gave up and raisined.
Prior to harvesting the fruit, we went through the vineyard and dropped any damaged fruit. The tiny amount of remaining crop ripened beautifully and was harvested the first week of October. Sadly it was our smallest crop ever – 60 percent below our average yield – only a total of 1.25 tons per acre.
Powerfully aromatic with a fruit driven nose of black berry, plum and hints of nutmeg and vanilla. Rich sensuous mouthful of stone fruits, dark chocolate, currant and background notes of anise, tobacco and minerals. Long and textured with sophisticated tannins framing the finish. While delicious now, this Cabernet Franc will show even more richness and layering with a few years in the cellar. 134 Cases Produced, $75 per bottle
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Beautiful nose of dark berries, stone fruit and floral notes. Dense dark and concentrated showing cassis, currant and baking chocolate flavors with subtle layers of black olive and mineral. Densely structured and wonderfully textured. This too is drinking beautifully now with decanting but will continue to improve over the next decade. 130 Cases Produced, $75 per bottle