2012 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
$145.00  |  Club Price $116.00
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ABOUT
TASTING NOTES
Cask Reserva Especial meaning Special Reserve Cask in Catalonia, a region in Spain is the name chosen to honor our heritage from one of Spains oldest winemaking families. This Limited Release wine delights the sense with intense notes of dark fruit and offers concentrated flavors of blackberry, black currant, and cassis. The wine exhibits superb integration and was aged eighteen months in French oak. Our Cask Reserva Especial is an exciting new world style wine that represents a complex, bold and fantastic Napa Valley Cabernet.
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 5.8 G/L; pH: 3.45
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 grapes in this special proprietary blend were sourced from two vineyards: one from the mountains and one right in the valley. The mountain location is the Foss Valley Ranch Vineyard and it sits above the Napa Valley at nearly 1,500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation. The valley vineyard is the Morisoli-Borges vineyard located in Rutherford, Napa Valley and the fruit from here also makes our Single Vineyard by the same name. Because these rocky sites drain the spring rains so quickly, the grapes on the vines stop growing early in the season, but the 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 the Morisoli-Borges vineyard adds a touch of cocoa to the aroma and flavor.
VINTAGE NOTES
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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