The luscious 2018 Leaping Horse Cab boasts of deep re-purple hues and flavors of black currant and cherry, with hints of blueberry jam, eucalyptus and mint, as well as vanilla and coffee notes. It is smooth and rich and very approachable now.
The grapes come from vineyards in Lodi as well as the Sierra Foothills. Soils are sandy loam and are well drained. The winery has practiced sustainable viticultural practices such as crop reduction, leaf removal, organic materials and drip irrigation to improve the quality of the grapes and intensity of the flavors. Cover crops, which attract beneficial insects, are also employed, as well as the placement of owl and wood duck boxes around the vineyards and ponds to help preserve the surrounding habitats. After traditional fermentation, the Cabernet Sauvignon is aged for four months in new French oak barrels.
Born from a love of horses, Leaping Horse is aptly named. The Kautz family have been involved in many generations of riders and are passionate about equine friends and partners. Leaping Horse is all about unpretentious and contemporary wine styles.
Serving Hints Serve with hearty stews and beef-based soups, grilled or barbecued red meats, pasta dishes with tomato- based sauces, strong cheeses or grilled chicken. It also pairs well with rich chocolate desserts.
Producer: Ironstone Vineyards
Country: United States
Wine Composition: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Syrah
Total Acidity: 5.8 G/L
Residual Sugar: 2.8 G/L
2015: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2014: 'Best Buy' - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2016
2013: ‘Best Buy’ – Wine Enthusiast, May 1, 2015
2013: Bronze - California State Fair Wine Competition, 2014