2010 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
$115.00  |  Club Price $92.00
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TASTING NOTES
Refined and distinguished, this wine opens to reveal notes of cassis, black currant, dark cherry and plum intermingled with notes of cedar and mocha. An elegant entry leads to pure, ripe berry flavors which are broad and expansive on the palate. The wines natural acidity provides lift and length while fine-gr ained tannins lend depth and structure to this unique Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 4% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.7% by vol.; TA: 6.5 G/L; pH: 3.34
Cooperage: Aged 18 months in 100% French Oak (75% new)

Harvested by hand in the early morning hours, the grapes from all of the vineyards were brought to the winery where the clusters were de-stemmed and not crushed. Prior to fermentation, the fruit rested in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for several days, gently extracting color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins in a process known as cold soaking. When the proper extraction had been achieved, the temperature on the tanks was raised so that fermentation could begin with both selected and indigenous yeasts. Kept in separate lots by vineyard, the wine was fermented dry and placed in small, French oak barrels (75% new) for a 18-month aging program, with twice yearly rackings prior to bottling.
VINEYARD NOTES
The majority of the grapes in this special proprietary blend were sourced from three vineyards: two are mountain and one is valley. The mountain vineyards are our Foss Valley Vineyard, which sits above the Napa Valley floor at nearly 1500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation, and the Ridgeline Vineyard located in Alexander Valley. The Valley vineyard is the Morisoli-Borges vineyard which also makes our Single Vineyard by the same name. Because these rocky sites drain the spring rains so quickly, the vines grapes stop growing early in the season, though flavors and aromatics continue to develop. The resulting small but intensely flavored berries from these vineyards are responsible for the concentrated flavors and firm structure of this blend. The grapes from Foss provide the darker fruit notes and big structure and the fruit from Ridgeline is jammier and makes the wine more approachable. Finally, we also have a small amount of fruit from Morisoli-Borges vineyard located in Rutherford, Napa Valley. This adds a touch of cocoa to the aroma and flavor.
VINTAGE NOTES
The winter of 2010 brought persistent periods of rain, and continued wet weather in the spring slowed the growing season by spreading out the fruit-set phase for nearly six weeks. A cool summer made for gradual ripening until the end of August when we experienced a short but extreme heat spell. Harvest started about two weeks later than average and progressed at a slow pace with continued moderate temperatures. Fortunately warmer weather returned the last week of September and lasted for two weeks, bringing these grapes to full maturity.

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