2015 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Club Price $80.00
91 points from James Suckling!
This unique and limited wine delights the senses with its deep, dark color, complex aromas and opulent flavors of blackberry, black currant, and mocha. Fruit from Atlas Peak gives this wine its intense concentration and structure while Rutherford Bench fruit contributes with luscious texture. Impeccably balanced and elegant, this wine is layered with texture and finesse.
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Varietal Composition: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon 1% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.5
Cooperage: 22 Months in 100% French Oak Barrles (50% New)
Harvested by hand in the early morning hours, the grapes were promptly brought to the winery where the clusters were carefully hand sorted, destemmed but not crushed. Fruit was put into different fermentation vessels - temperature controlled stainless steel tanks and 500 liters French oak puncheons. Blocks within the same vineyard were kept separate into microvinifications, to grant us distinct fruit and tannin profile wines, adding to the final complexity of the wine. Prior to fermentation, the fruit was cold soaked at 40-45 F, for 3 days, gently extracting color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins. When the proper extraction had been achieved, the temperature on the tanks was raised so that fermentation could begin. Lots were fermented with both selected and indigenous yeasts. Fermentation times varied from 20 to 40 days, as some lots were extended macerated to add mid palate and structure. The free run wine was placed in French oak barrels, both 59 and 132 gallons barrels (50% new) for 22 months with twice yearly rackings prior to blending and bottling.
The grapes in this special proprietary blend were sourced from two Napa Valley vineyards: a mountain vineyard and a vineyard located in the valley floor. The mountain site is the Edcora Vineyard; it sits above the valley floor at nearly 1,500 feet, in the Atlas Peak AVA. The valley vineyard is the Morisoli-Borges vineyard located in Rutherford, Napa Valley and the fruit from this renowned vineyard also makes our Single Vineyard by the same name. Because these vineyards, even though located in distinct Napa Valley sites, have rocky soils with high drainage capacity, the clusters produced are small in size and intense in flavor, responsible for the concentrated flavors and supple structure of this blend. The grapes from Edcora provide the darker fruit notes and help structure the mid palate, while the fruit from the Morisoli-Borges vineyard adds a touch of bright cherry and cocoa to the aromatics and flavor profile.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unreasonably 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 worked hand-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 concluded for us on October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.