2011 Foss Valley Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak


2011 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Foss Valley Ranch
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
$100.00  |  Club Price $80.00
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TASTING NOTES
This Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Foss Valley Ranch that is 1,500 feet above Napa Valley on Atlas Peak Mountain. Aged in French oak barrels for twenty months, this wine features vibrant aromas of blackberry, plum and black currant flavors mingling with hints of mocha. A smooth entry leads to rich berry flavors that demonstrate the intensity of mountaingrown fruit. Velvety tannins endow the wine with a silky texture and a lingering finish.
300 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Data: ALC. 14.3% by vol.; RS: 0.06%; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH: 3.51
Cooperage: Aged 20 months in 100% French Oak (100% new)

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested in the early morning and quickly brought to the winery in small bins. The fruit was hand sorted and were promptly placed into temperature controlled fermentation tanks where they completed approximate 15 day fermentation. Portions of the fruit were fermented in large barrels (500 Liters), which allowed them to integrate with the new oak tannins and achieve warmer fermentation temperatures allowing optimum extraction, flavor development and color stabilization. These separate fermentation lots were then blended together after approximately 20 months in 100% New French Oak barrels to create the most well balanced, structured blend of components.
VINEYARD NOTES
Artesas Foss Valley Ranch is located on a mountain top at nearly 1,500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation, east side of Napa Valley. This picturesque site sits above the fog line and receives plenty of sunlight while its temperature stays cool throughout growing season. This condition gives us an extra two weeks of hang time and allows grapes to develop a great amount of phenolic components. The soils are derived from weathered igneous rock that spread uniformly through the vineyard and offer a high drainage capacity, which regulates vine vigor. Consequently, the terroir of our Foss Valley Ranch provides the grapes with intense color, pure fruit flavor, and structured fine tannin.
VINTAGE NOTES
The 2011 vintage started off with a relatively dry winter. Early spring was wet and cold and it delayed bud break. The overcast weather was persistent throughout the spring and cool temperatures, rain, and even hail during the bloom caused low yields. The summer was also cool and the verasion did not occur until August. Our harvest began almost four weeks later than average and a slow pace until the first week of October when we experienced the first rain which changed the dynamics. 2011 was by far a challenging vintage. Nevertheless, an intensive care from vineyards to winemaking enabled us to produce stunning wines with remarkable delicacy.

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