2018 CASK RESERVA ESPECIAL
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
$120.00  |  Club Price $96.00
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ABOUT
TASTING NOTES
Before blending Cask Reserva Especial our winemaker selects individual barrels from out top Cabernet Sauvignon lots of the vintage, in search of the perfect representation of this iconic varietal. This unique wine delights the senses with its deep, dark color, complex aromas, and opulent flavors of blackberry, black currant, cassis and mocha. Fruit from Atlas Peak gives this wine its intense concentration and structure, while valley floor grapes contribute with luscious texture and bright acidity. What we are present you, is an impeccably balanced and elegant Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Three percent of Petit Verdot was blended in, to add another layer of texture to the back palate.
600 cases produced
WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.5%; TA: 6.5 g/L; pH: 3.49
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. 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. Blocks within the same vineyard were fermented and aged separately, to grant us individual components with distinct fruit, tannin, and textural profiles, adding to the complexity of the wine.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.
VINEYARD NOTES
The grapes used in this special proprietary blend were sourced from 4 distinct vineyards: a mountain vineyard and three vineyards located in distinct areas of the Napa Valley. 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 vineyards are in the Rutherford, Calistoga and Oak Knoll, Sub AVAs of the Napa Valley.

These vineyards have in common the same rocky, shallow 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 Cabernet Sauvignon blend. The grapes from Edcora provide the darker fruit notes and help structure the mid palate, while the fruit from the valley floor vineyards adds a touch of bright cherry and mocha to the aromatics and flavor profile.
VINTAGE NOTES
The perfect growing season in Napa Valley, the 2018 vintage was characterized by moderate temperatures throughout the spring and summer that allowed for the ideal growing conditions; consistent and steady. We began harvest on August 21 followed by unseasonably cool weather that allowed for most of the fruit on our Estate to remain on the vine for an additional week or two. This extended hang-time was great for the maturation of flavors and overall quality of the fruit.

Harvest kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show great elegance, yet with concentrated flavors that possess finesse for years to come.

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