The Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from the producers of Educated Guess, Hypothesis represents an innovation in winemaking whose time has come. Hypothesis is an ultra-premium Napa Valley Cabernet made from 100% Flash Détente fruit from premier vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga.
FLASH DÉTENTE (translation - "instant relaxation") is a new winemaking technique that was created in Europe in the early 1990's, yet was only recently introduced in the United States in 2009. Widely used in France by winemakers in Bordeaux and Rhone (Chateau Beaucastel being the most famous of them), Flash Détente is an all-natural and organic pre-fermentation process that simply involves quickly heating and cooling the skins of the fruit before beginning fermentation. The results from this process are incredible color, flavor, and tannin extraction from the grapes as well as many other positive benefits.
“We have been dreaming of and contemplating how we would produce our reserve cabernet sauvignon for years. Through trial and error, educated guesses, and hypotheses we discovered that barrel fermentation and flash détente were the keys to uncovering what we had long been searching for. Our goal was to produce a wine with incredible structure, depth of fruit, and complete oak integration, without being overdone. This cabernet sauvignon is rich and complex, but still has incredible finesse. We believe our reserve cabernet can go up against some of the big boys in the game, but don’t take our word for it and decide for yourself! Drink. Think. Hypothesis!” Mark Albrecht, Founder, Roots Run Deep Winery.