Grape Variety 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah, 5% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Franc
Region San Francisco Bay
Appellation Livermore Valley
Alcohol Degree 13.50%
Vinification The various components were fermented separately in upright stainless steel tanks and gently pumped over twice daily. This process of aeration helps to increase the extraction of all of the wonderful aromas and textures within the grape.
Ageing/Maturation This wine was aged for 16 months in new and used French and Eastern European oak barrels as well as stainless steel tanks. Aging in stainless steel helps preserve fruit vibrancy in the wine.
Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Ripe black cherry, juicy red plum and cassis with undertones of mocha and spice. Rich, mouth-filling tannins and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this wine provides a long, smooth finish.
Since 1883, five generations of our family have handcrafted fine wines that express the very best of our vineyards and winemaking expertise. Our Estate Grown Louis Mel Sauvignon Blanc is named after a French emigrant, Louis Mel, who traveled to the western United States in the 1870’s, seeking a place to make wines to rival the great French Crus. He found the ideal home in the Livermore Valley. Acquiring Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon cuttings from the Marquis de Lur-Saluces, owner of the famed Chateau Y’quem, he planted them in his vineyards. The Wente family acquired the Louis Mel estate in the 1930’s, where the descendants of these vines, located in the southern Livermore Valley, live in gravel and loam soils that are similar to the terroir of their native Bordeaux.