It is no secret to Lodi winemakers that the best cabernet in the appellation is grown on the east
side of town. We carefully select the fruit we use for Concrete Cabernet Sauvignon from “East
Side” vineyards with sandy, well-draining soils that produce small yields and high quality grapes.
Our grapes were hand harvested at 26.1 Brix, destemmed and crushed, and then went through the
Flash Détente process for intense extraction of tannins and color. Next, the grapes were
separated into three lots and each was fermented separately. The first lot was fermented in
French Oak barrels to achieve a round mouthfeel and softer tannins. The second lot was
fermented in 75 year old concrete tanks which add fullness and body along with bigger tannins.
The third lot was fermented in stainless to retain the fruity character of the grapes. After primary
fermentation was complete in the concrete and stainless steel tanks, we immediately transferred
the wine into new French Oak barrels for aging. The wine was then aged for 14 months.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has a beautiful deep purple and inky color. Lush and firm in the style of
the vintage made with 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackberry jam, currants and cassis notes are
well balanced with firm tannins. The influence of French oak barrels during aging adds a sweet
toast and caramel notes.
Concrete Cabernet Sauvignon pairs beautifully with juicy grilled steaks and other red meats,
hearty beef stew, pasta with meat sauce and Lamb Osso Bucco.
WINEMAKER: Barry Gnekow and Joseph Smith ALCOHOL: 15.5%
APPELLATION: Lodi RS: 3.4g/L
BLEND: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon pH: 3.63
BOTTLING DATE: March 2017
TA: 6.1 g/L