2016 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Club Price $96.00
Before blending Cask Reserva Especial our winemaker selected individualbarrels from out top Cabernet Sauvignon lots of the 2016 vintage. The goal is to offer a unique wine, which reflects both the vintage and the incredible range of Napa Valley, for growing some of the worlds best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. This bottling delights the senses with its deep, dark color, complex aromas, and opulent flavors of black cherry, black currant, blueberry and mocha. Fruit from Atlas Peak gives this wine its intense concentration and structure, while Rutherford Bench wine contributes with luscious texture. What we are present you is an incredibly balanced Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, with a luscious texture and elegance. One percent of Petit Verdot from Morisoli-Borges was blended in, to add another layer of texture to the back palate.
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Varietal Composition: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.7%; TA: 6.5 G/L; pH: 3.47
Cooperage: 22 Months in 100% French Oak (30% new oak)
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 (30% new) for 22 months with twice yearly rackings prior to blending and bottling.
The grapes in this special proprietary blend were sourced from two vineyards: a mountain vineyard and a vineyard located in the valley floor. The mountain site is the Edcora Vineyard; it sits above the Napa Valley 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 here 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.
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.