2015 Hellhound Red Blend
Cabernet Sauvignon. Brenda first purchased Cabernet Sauvignon grapes from Ed and Bruce Perotti, father and son grape growers in Dry Creek Valley, in 2002. Home to our flagship Zinfandel fruit, the Perotti's planted a small plot of Cabernet Sauvignon on a hillside section of their vineyard. When the first grapes arrived in 2002, they offered them to Brenda and she has been making the wine ever since. On its own, the Cabernet Sauvignon was a very, very good wine - big, bold flavors and plush tannins. But for Brenda, something was missing. In 2012, she started to blend in other varietals with the Cabernet Sauvignon and her Hellhound Red Blend was born! Hellhound is always big and bold Cabernet Sauvignon with other grapes blended in that contribute complexity and texture. For Brenda, the other grapes make the wine whole.
Brenda's Winemaking. Hellhound gives me the ability each and every year to make a big and bold style red wine based on Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2015, I was able to secure Cabernet Franc from the Frediani Vineyard in Napa Valley and I co-fermented (in the same fermentation tank) the two grapes together. It was love at first sight! The Cabernet Franc added flavors and acidity that complemented my Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine went straight into used French oak for barrel aging and softening before bottling. Hellhound is meant to be BIG AND BOLD... hopefully I've succeeded with the 2015 vintage.