2017 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Club Price $96.00
91 pts - Jeb Dunnuck
Before blending Cask Reserva Especial our winemaker selects individual barrels from out top Cabernet Sauvignon lots of the vintage. This unique 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 wine contributes with luscious texture. What we are present you, is an impeccably balanced and elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Five percent of Petit Verdot was blended in, to add another layer of texture to the back palate.
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Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.7%; TA: 5.6 g/L; pH: 3.66
Cooperage: 22 Months in 100% French Oak (40% new oak)
Harvested by hand in the early morning hours, the grapes were promptly brought to the winery where they were carefully hand sorted, de-stemmed 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 micro-vinifications, to grant us distinct fruit and tannin profile components, 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. 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 (40% 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.
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.