Limited Release
North Coast
$75.00  |  Club Price $60.00
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This Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon is a combination of highly sought after, select vineyards across multiple appellations. Each vineyard was produced and aged separately before blending the final wine. The wine opens with aromas of black cherry, tobacco, and fresh blackberry. On the palate hints of mocha, blueberry, and plum are layered by a touch of vanilla toast, and supple tannins lead to a pure finish that is long and elegant.
600 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 6.5 g/L; pH: 3.54
Cooperage: 100% French Oak (40% new)

The grapes were hand-picked at night, and brought immediately to the winery, where they were placed in stainless steel tanks (70%) and 500 liter French oak puncheons (30%), 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 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, Ana Diogo-Draper, made her final blending decisions to craft a complex, elegant style that demonstrates the balance of complexity, intensity and lushness of the final blend.
Northern California constantly produces some of the world's greatest Cabernet Sauvignon because of its unique geology and climate. About 45% of this blend came from Napa Valley, which is known for producing great cabernet sauvignon because of its unique geology and climate. 23% came from the Atlas Peak appellation, which sits above the Napa Valley floor at nearly 1,500 feet of elevation, in a vineyard known for rocky, well draining soils. This results in low vigor vines and highly concentrated, intensely flavored grapes, with the ideal balance of acidity and ripeness.

We also used about 22% of cabernet sauvignon grapes 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.

The remaining fruit was sourced from Sonoma County. This AVA is ideal for Bordeaux varieties, like Cabernet Sauvignon. The summer daytime temperatures regularly reach the high 80's and 90's, while the evening fog creates a rapid cooling effect that protects the fruits' flavor and boosts acidity. Extremely rocky, well-drained soils produce grapes that are small, and with intense flavors.
The 2017 vintage saw generous winter rains that refreshed ground water supplies and led to a cool, mild spring which prepared the vineyards for the summertime heat. Harvest began for Artesa on August 11 and moved quickly. A long, even summer ripening season ended with high temperatures in excess of 100 degrees for five days in early August. As a result, harvest was completed for us by late September, weeks ahead of usual, and before the devastating fires that broke out on October 8. The 2017 wines show ripe, concentrated flavors and excellent balance.

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