2012 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Limited Release
Napa Valley
$75.00  |  Club Price $60.00
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This is a generous Cabernet Sauvignon made from specific Napa Valley vineyard sites selected by our winemaker to capture the essence of the vintage and appellation. There are aromas of black cherry, blueberry and hints of espresso bean. The fruit flavors carry through on the palate bolstered by a touch of lingering oak and supple tannins. The finish is long and elegant.

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Varietal Composition:93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc
Technical Data: ALC. 14.8% by vol.; RS: 0.005%; TA: 7.3 G/L; pH: 3.35
Cooperage: Aged 18 Months in 100% French Oak (50% New)

This wine is a tribute to the stunning diversity of Napa Valley. After the grapes were hand-picked and brought to the winery, they were placed in separate stainless steel tanks for fermentation and extended maceration. The juice was pressed off the skins and the wines were placed in small French oak barrels (50% new) for 18 months of aging. All vineyard lots were kept separate until our winemaker made her final blending decisions; a luxury afforded us by our flexible, custom-designed winemaking facility. Adding 7% of Cabernet Franc granted the wine elegant, round tannins, more intensity and great complexity.
Napa Valley produces the worlds greatest Cabernet Sauvignon because of its unique geology and climate. Summer temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes and frequent morning fog. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop great depth of flavor with great natural acid. The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in this wine come from two vineyards that capture the exceptional quality of mountain and valley fruit. The Cabernet Franc grapes come from Atlas Peak, more mountain fruit, adding additional concentration. This combination creates an ideal balance of acidity and ripeness. In return, we are able to create a wine that is balanced and well structured.
The 2012 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to harvest. The cold winter delayed bud break briefly until spring temperatures allowed uniform shoots to development. The weather during bloom was ideal for fruit set and a large percentage of flowers developed into berries. During the summer the cycle of warm days and cool nights allowed verasion to progress uniformly and quickly. The consistent temperatures and absence of heat spikes removed the risk of sunburn and allow for even ripening. After the prior two late vintages, growers were grateful to start harvest in late August. With warm sunny days, harvest progressed with a steady flow of high quality fruit being delivered to the winery daily. In October cold rains forced many growers to postpone harvest until the wind could dry out the vineyards. A late heat wave was perfect for finishing up the season.

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