VARIETAL: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
REGION: Red Mountain AVA, Washington
BOTTLE SIZE: 750 mL
Certified Biodynamic, aged 15 months in 20% new American Oak.
In addition to farming biodynamically the finished Domaine Magadalena Cabernet Sauvignon is also Demeter Certified Biodynamic, as well as CCOF Organic. Our aim every year is to grow the healthiest fruit we can in a biodiverse ecosystem, crush the fruit, and let it become what it will. To this end, we never drop fruit, preferring instead to include secondary clusters and even green berries in order to preserve natural acidity and the honest expression of the vineyard at harvest time.
According to Demeter standards the wine experiences a native yeast fermentation. We do not fine or filter, and the wine receives only one very minimal sulfur addition. Additionally, the wine is aged in almost entirely neutral oak in order to avoid masking the fruit in oak aroma or imparting too much barrel tannin. After initial years following a more conventional picking schedule, the last couple of harvests we have begun picking earlier based on pH levels and not brix. In addition to trying to keep a healthy acid level in the wine, we want to achieve a lower alcohol level which is more food friendly and truly allows the natural fruit to shine through.