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Magdalena Cabernet Sauvignon 2017


100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Domaine Magdalena is the vision of Maggie Hedges who grew up in Northern California where she enjoyed the bounty of her Father’s cellar and gained her appreciation for wine. Maggie later met her Husband Christophe Hedges in the early 2000s and her wine journey continued, as Christophe’s parents owned a well-known winery in the Red Mountain AVA of Washington state, Hedges. Maggie and Christophe were married in 2004. But instead of taking a honeymoon, they put everything they had into a piece of land on Red Mountain and planted a vineyard that would become Domaine Magdalena. The estate is planted to four acres of Cabernet Sauvignon. It is also where Maggie lives with her husband and two sons, Julian and Oliver. Living in such close proximity to their vineyard and raising small children there as well, they felt it was imperative to grow their grapes in the healthiest, most sustainable way possible. Given Christophe's background, they also made it their utmost to showcase true Red Mountain terroir. Organic farming, while admirable, they felt offered little in the way of tangible guidelines. So they decided to work toward Biodynamic certification. Biodynamic farming gave Maggie a way to rigorously control outside inputs into the vineyard. Also, in an effort to cultivate a near wild ecosystem, Locust trees, which are nitrogen-fixing (and bee-friendly!), as well as native wildflowers and sage, all thrive on the property. It's a given that Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is well known, but Domaine Magdalena brings this particular piece of the earth to life. Maggie’s view of winemaking is more of 'fermentation management', keeping an eye on things as they develop naturally and at their own pace. After wild fermentation, the wine is aged in oak barrels, 20% new, for eight months. The resulting wine is pure and elegant, with somewhat dusty, dark, plum/cassis fruit and lovely fine-grained tannins to match. This is one of our favorite newcomers and we love to share it with you.

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