Foris Cabernet Sauvignon

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Foris Cabernet Sauvignon

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Average Brix at harvest 25.3
Analysis at bottling PH 3.60
TA 5.6,
Alcohol 13.8% 

Description
The Foris home ranch and estate vineyards are located in the far western reaches of the Rogue Valley appellation. While this area is very well suited to Pinot Noir and Alsatian varieties, it is a bit on the cool side for the Bordeaux family of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. For these varieties we have formed long term relationships with like-minded growers in the warmer Applegate Valley region to our east. Within the same viticultural appellation, the Rogue Valley, differences in climate, rainfall and soil types enables the great diversity found in the Foris range of wines.

2008 provided us a fine growing season for Cabernet Sauvignon and its related varieties. A fairly warm and even summer and near perfect conditions at harvest gave us clean ripe fruit that required little to no intervention in the cellar. The grapes were de-stemmed but not crushed into ¾ ton bins and hand punched daily for an average of fourteen days before pressing. Aging of eighteen months was completed in mainly neutral French oak with approximately 15% one year old wood for a discreet oak influence. Deep in color, the 2008 vintage produced a ripe, plush Cabernet Sauvignon. However, it does not cross the line into “jammy” flavors or have a flabby texture but rather keeps a sense of freshness that makes it very food friendly. Wild blackberries and cherry mingle nicely with a touch of fresh herbs and spice. Oak plays only a minor role in this wine, letting the quality of the fruit speak for itself. While the very fine tannins and acidity suggest the potential to develop for four to five years from release, this Cabernet is very inviting right now for its youthful exuberance and charm. 

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