2015 Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Limited Release
Napa Valley
$65.00  |  Club Price $52.00
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This Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon is blended from select vineyards in the Napa Valley to create a complex and richly-layered wine, intended to portray the spirit of the vintage and appellation. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry and cassis, with hints of mocha, which are bolstered by a touch of vanilla toast and framed by supple tannins to a finish that is long and elegant.
630 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot, 1% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH: 3.57
Cooperage: 100% French Oak Barrels (40% New)

This wine is a tribute to the premier grape of the Napa Valley. The grapes were hand-picked at night, and brought immediately to the winery, where they were placed in stainless steel tanks (60%) and 500 liter French oak puncheons (40%), where they were cold soaked for three days. The grapes were left on skins for an average of 30 days, a classic technique known as extended maceration, long used by winemakers to extract color, flavor and tannin from the skins before pressing. While in the fermenters, the grapes were tasted daily to determine the right tannin level was reached prior to pressing off the skins. Using 40% new French oak, the wine aged in barrels for 22 months, with twice yearly racking prior to bottling. All vineyard lots were kept separate until our winemaker made her final blending decisions to craft a complex, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, which demonstrates the balance of complexity, intensity and lushness that Napa Valley can achieve.
Napa Valley is known for producing great cabernet sauvignon because of its unique geology and climate. The majority of the blend came from the Atlas Peak appellation, which sits above the Napa Valley floor at nearly 1,500 feet of elevation. We sourced cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot form this vineyard, known for rocky, well draining soils, which result in low vigor vines and highly concentrated, intensely flavored grapes, with the ideal balance of acidity and ripeness. We also used cabernet sauvignon from the renowned Rutherford appellation, in the heart of Napa Valley. Soils here are deep but stratified with layers of sandy clay and gravelly alluvium; grapes from this area contribute sweet berry notes and supple tannin to the blend.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker workedhand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluding for us October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.

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