2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Red Hills

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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon
Red Hills AVA
Lake County—California
14.6% Alcohol by Volume

The grapes for this wine are grown on a vineyard in the Red Hills AVA of Lake County.  This vineyard sits at 2100’ elevation on the southern slope of Mount Konocti, the 4300’ volcano at the center of Lake County. The vines are dry farmed and well established in decomposed volcanic dirt that is studded with football-sized, serious-trip-hazard chunks of obsidian poking out of the dirt every other step. Lots of vineyards are in volcanic soils, but few are so thoroughly covered in proof. Between the extreme elevation, dry farming, and nature of land, this fruit is destined to be hyper-concentrated. As for the wine, Meeker has always prioritized intensity and expression of the grape’s structure, followed by lengthy aging to develop that intensity into elegance. This wine is an excellent example of the power and patience working together. This is a massively structured wine that required years to settle into its own potential.