This is a 50/50 blend of the Desert Wind and the Sagemoor lots. The Sagemoor wine moderated the more aggressive Cabernet character of the Desert Wind wine while the latter brought some verve and structure to the blend. Blending is a powerful winemaking tool to bring the positive elements into a blend. This wine was blended and aged for 24 months in new and one year-old French oak barrels to allow a slow maturation with the low oxidative conditions of barrel aging. Further extended bottle aging allows for further softening of tannins and evolution of flavors.