Gain Bay 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Lake
Overview: This is the first Gain Bay wine from the Lake County Appellation.
As such, it represents our commitment to producing fantastic and affordable wines year after year. As the wine market in Napa has heated up over the past 18 months, prices have risen 50%! So a careful search was in order to keep prices reasonable. What
we found after an extensive search that included wines from all over California and Washington was a goldmine in Lake County’s
“Red Hills” appellation.
Vintage: 2010 in Lake County.
A wet spring resulted in a late
start and long, cool growing season which ended with a heat spike that allowed grapes to reach maturity. The grapes coming in were generally slightly lower in sugars, with higher acids and deep colors and flavors.
The long season was a balancing act with some winegrowers trimming fruit or pulling leaves to assure full fruit maturity.
Lower to normal yields. The good news is that what was brought in displays remarkable quality with generally a more restrained,
elegant style of wine.
The Wine: Initial
aroma is of berry and raspberry tones, with light to moderate oak present. On
the mid-palette, layers of robust fruit flavors emerge; raspberry, currant, and dark fruits along with fully ripe but still
young tannins which give the wine structure and depth. The oak again is moderate,
as is the alcohol, so the wine’s fruit shines without any jam or syrup tones on the finish. The wine is best described as unbelievably fruitful, velvet-like with moderate structure and a lingering
The Specifics: 86% 2010 Red Hills, Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon,
8.5% Mendocino 2009 Merlot, 5.5% 2009 Carneros, Napa Valley Cabernet Franc.
Gain Bay 2009 Cabernet Family
TA: .59 g/L Alc.:13.96% pH: 3.66
VA: .68 g/L
Cases Produced: 954 Bottled August, 2011