Bates Ranch is another one of our favorite sites and has been farmed by the Bates family for four generations. This historic site is on a rocky slope facing Mount Madonna near Watsonville and our fruit comes from two adjacent blocks including a beautiful old-vine block planted in the early 1970s. The destemmed whole-berry fruit was fermented and aged for 22 months in French Oak.
For the 2020 vintage, this is a lighter Cabernet of finesse, with a pure and elegant profile with classic Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernet notes of currants, balsam fir, chaparral, and spring flowers. Complex, layered and balanced, with fine tannins, it stays graceful and pure on the palate with great transparency and length.
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