LCBO Vintages Release
After several years of working with the coveted grapes grown in the Ridgeline vineyard, Decoy acquired the renowned property in 2012. The acquisition fulfilled the winery’s long-held dream of establishing an Estate program in the Alexander Valley and Sonoma County. The lush, structured Bordeaux-varietal fruit from this storied vineyard is now a central element in Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon.
Located approximately 150 kilometres north of San Francisco, Ridgeline is situated on Oak Mountain in the Alexander Valley AVA. This is the finest Sonoma County appellation for growing Bordeaux grapes. The property consists of 44 unique hillside vineyard blocks with diverse soils and elevations (up to nearly 600 metres). Though this spectacular mountain vineyard spans more than 400 acres, only 89 acres are under vine. The rest is preserved in its natural state, providing a stunning backdrop to the vine rows.
Looming high above Alexander Valley at the north end of the Mayacamas mountain range, Ridgeline primarily consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux red grapes. Originally planted in 1999, the site benefits from east-west exposure for maximum sunlight. The site drains well thanks to steep slopes and a north-south vertical axis, resulting in low yields and concentrated flavours. These factors, combined with the property’s loam-rich soil and threads of natural mineral springs, provide remarkable conditions for cultivating red grapes. While summer daytime temperatures are high enough to suit heat-loving red grapes, the rapid cooling effect of evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean preserves the fresh, enlivening acidity of the fruit as it ripens.
The 2014 is a rich, appealing expression of a phenomenal growing season. Sonoma County fruit benefited from consistently sunny skies and above-average temperatures, singing with concentrated colour, aromatics, and flavour. This is fruit-forward wine that leads with blackberry, black currant, and wild cherry on the nose and palate. The lush fruit is beautifully balanced by elegant tannins and toasty-spicy notes from ten months spent in French oak.
“This wine impresses for its rounded, approachable layers of dried herb and anise, the tannin and oak lightly applied. Blended with 10% Merlot, it finds a jolt of richness on the finish, a showcase for notions of chocolate, cherry and blackberry.”
90 points, Wine Enthusiast, February 2017