Dodon's South Slope 2017 offers aromas of raspberry, plum and cinnamon that evolve into notes of black cherry, cranberry, coffee and freshly cracked pepper, medium body and balanced acidity.
16 acres on estate; 1800 vines/acre. Training: double guyot/cane pruning.
Fermentation in stainless steel
tanks with pumping over. 30 days maceration. 21 months in French oak, 856 cases bottled.
24% Cabernet Franc
6% Petit Verdot
4% Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with black pepper encrusted filet mignon accompanied by rot vegetables with rosemary.
The season began with a false spring in late February, with temperatures reaching 79
degrees on March 1 threatening early budbreak. Fortunately, temperatures became more seasonal and
remained close to 50 degrees, keeping the vines dormant. Bud break occurred in early-April, a bit ahead of
schedule. Our relationship with nature was largely uneventful in May, June, and July. Bloom came and went
in 10 days—just what we like to see. June was dry, but July brought some needed rain. Veraison started early
and went quickly. August and September brought the hurricane season and cool weather. A late season heat
wave pushed sugars to extraordinary levels and tannins smoothed.