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“A classic contemporary expression of Napa Valley.”
Appelation:Napa Valley, California, USA
Varietal Composition:100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clones 337 & 7 - a field blend
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Our fruit comes from a vineyard just north-east of the town of St. Helena. Organically farmed mountain side vineyard producing deep purple fruit with loose clusters at a minuscule yield averaging 1.5 ton per acre on a gravelly loam soil.
The blocks we harvested from are amongst the most prized, clone 337 known for its tannin and structure and clone 7, known for its wonderfully intense fruit flavors and depth.
Hand picked at dawn, just as the sun starts to awaken in to small bins where it is field sorted prior to delivery to the winery. Meticulously cluster and berry sorted, then sent whole berry to a stainless cooled tank to rest and cold soak prior to yeast inoculation for 6 days.
The wines were fermented slowly over 2 weeks with a maximum temperature of 89°F to preserve the color and intense fruit aromas. A averaged total of 35 days on the skins.
Aged in mostly new blend of new French oak barrels for 26 months. We use a mixture of several of the best cooperages including: Rousseau, Taransaud, Nadalie, Gamba, and Quintessence.
The nose has a “dusty” elegance representative of its vineyard Terroir. Elegant hints of pencil shavings, tea leaf and clove infuse the black cherry and plum with nice notes of sassafras.Rich concentration of black plum and cherry and mocha upon entry with an ripe currant, expresso, and cedar. Old-world graceful style with firm, soft tannins last for an eternity. Lay this down for as long as you can wait.
TA- 0.61 g/100mL
Winemaker: Brian Graham