2012 Foss Valley Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Atlas Peak


2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Foss Valley Ranch
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
$120.00  |  Club Price $108.00
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TASTING NOTES
This Cabernet Sauvignon features vibrant aromas of boysenberry and dark cherry mingling with notes of mocha. Lively acidity balances the dark fruit on the palate and the firm tannins lead to long, lasting finish.
300 Cases Produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH:3.55
Cooperage: Aged 20 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (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% French Oak barrels (100% new) to create the most well balanced, structured blend of components.
VINEYARD NOTES
The 2012 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to harvest. The cold winter delayed bud break briefly until spring temperatures allowed uniform shoots to development. The weather during bloom was ideal for fruit set and a large percentage of flowers developed into berries. During the summer the cycle of warm days and cool nights allowed verasion to progress uniformly and quickly. The consistent temperatures and absence of heat spikes removed the risk of sunburn and allow for even ripening. After the prior two late vintages, growers were grateful to start harvest in late August. With warm sunny days, harvest progressed with a steady flow of high quality fruit being delivered to the winery daily. In October cold rains forced many growers to postpone harvest until the wind could dry out the vineyards. A late heat wave was perfect for finishing up the season.
VINTAGE NOTES
The 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.

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