93 points Wine Enthusiast
“Both concentrated and luxurious, this wine is a classic that offers a broad range of enticing aromas, plenty of delicious fruit in the middle and a lingering finish. Clove, cedar and cassis fill the aromas, while ripe blueberry and black cherry flood the palate. A great balance of a velvety texture and soft tannins holds it all together." (2/2019)
Vinous Reverie Notes
About Winery: Lava Cap is a small, family owned and operated winery dedicated to the production of premium estate bottled wines utilizing only mountain grown grapes. The winery is located high in the Sierra Nevada foothills in the heart of the Apple Hill region of El Dorado County. Our elevation - close to 3,000 feet - is about the maximum permissible for growing grapes due to the prevalence of intense periods of frost during early Spring months. Lava Cap was established in 1981 with the purchase of a 65 acre pear ranch that dated back to the 1860's. This property, perched high above the deep canyon of the South Fork of the American River (not far from where gold was first discovered in 1848) at an elevation of 2,400 to 2,800 feet, is blessed with an abundance of water, excellent soil, and varied sun exposure. In 1990, an adjoining 18 acre orchard was purchased to allow for future expansion of our vineyards, and in 1996, the well known Granite Hill vineyard, famous for Petite Sirah, was added in partnership. We now have over 130 acres of prime vineyard land in production or awaiting vineyard development. Tasting Notes: Lava Cap’s estate grown grapes have long been recognized for producing a wine with lovely structure and vibrant fruit character. The moderate weather produced a wine that stretches from the leaves to the roots with a tightly balanced, pure fruit. The fragrant must of fruit was cold-soaked for three days to enhance color and flavor. The wine was barrel aged giving a lovely balance between tannins and the layers of flavors.