2016 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Club Price $60.00
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. We detect aromas and flavors of black cherry, boysenberry and cassis, with hints of mocha, and licorice. These are bolstered and framed by supple tannins to a finish that is long and elegant.
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Varietal Composition: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 9% Merlot, 2% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 5.9 G/L; pH: 3.74
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 directly to the winery, where they were placed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks (80%) and 500 liter French oak puncheons (20%) where they were cold soaked for three days. The grapes were left on skins for an average of 35 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 30% 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.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.