2017 OVID Loc. Cit.
With great pleasure we introduce the third edition of our Loc. Cit. Cabernet Sauvignon. A term used in footnotes, “loc. cit.”1 is an abbreviation of the Latin term loco citato, which means “in the place cited” or “from the same place.” OVID’s Loc. Cit. wine is sourced from a perennially distinctive part of our vineyard.2 In citing a work, an author credits the originator of an idea. In naming our wine Loc. Cit., we honor and give credit to this particular piece of ground.3
Only in certain years do we choose to make the Loc. Cit. Cabernet Sauvignon, and the miraculous 2017 vintage was just such a year.4 Long and enduring rains broke the four-year drought and brought on a verdant spring. Budbreak burst forth in late March, following the warm and early pattern of the previous few seasons. Summer set a temperate and luxuriant pace, while thoughtful planning and an abundance of care allowed our vines to thrive in the late summer heat. We harvested and brought in all our fruit before the fires began.
The resultant 2017 Ovid Loc. Cit. is rich and compelling, densely packed with pure notes of black cherry, mulberry, cola and licorice. Resonant and delicious power is framed by the vibrancy and freshness of this utterly incredible vintage.
[Note: Cellar this wine for a year and then decant for three hours if enjoying it young. Loc. Cit. will evolve and age gracefully for at least 20-25 years.]
Austin Peterson, WinemakerTasting Notes Archive
1. loc.cit./locksit/abbr. for loco citato, Latin “in the place cited” defn. A footnote used to credit the same work and page already attributed.
2. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard, densely planted with 2200 vines per acre
3. N 38° 27' 47.43" latitude and W 122° 21' 00.80" longitude on Pritchard Hill
4. A selection of heritage clones