The long, warm 2016 vintage produced fruit with deep color, pure flavors and enticing aromas
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the best-of-the-best fruit on our rugged, arid hillside estate vineyards
Hillside Select is aged 32 months in 100% new 60-gallon French oak barrels (Allier and Tronçais)
Elias Fernandez, Winemaker
Coming into this more than 25 years ago, I thought that winemaking happened underneath the roof of the cellar. Today who I am as a winemaker has umbrellaed in a big way. Winemaking starts in January with pruning and continues throughout the year. I'm not just selecting the best fruit, I'm selecting the best corks, the right barrel staves, ensuring that the bottling line is working at top efficiency. What I've also learned is to let the land dictate the best grape variety and the style of the wine that ends up in the bottle.
B.S. in Fermentation Science from U.C. Davis
Honors / Awards
"Winemaker of the Year" - Wine & Spirits magazine; inducted into the Hispanic Scholarship Fund's Hispanic Hall of Fame at The White House
When I graduated from UC Davis, I knew I wanted to work for a smaller, family-owned winery because it would give me the chance to be a "hands-on" winemaker, getting involved in all aspects of running a cellar. I had a lot of excitement getting into this career and that excitement has stayed with me.
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