2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Foss Valley Ranch
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
Club Price $104.00
92 points from James Suckling!
Ana selects from a handful of barrels that best demonstrate the personality of this site. A true representation of an Atlas Peak cabernet sauvignon, this wine features vibrant aromas of black currant and plum, mingling with notes of dried fig and sage. Lively acidity balances the dark fruit on the palate and the firm tannins lead to a long, lasting finish.
250 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Merlot 2% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.5% by vol.; TA: 6.4 G/L; pH: 3.59
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 40% New Oak
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night and promptly brought over to the winery in the early morning. The fruit was hand-sorted, both clusters and berries, and were promptly placed into both temperature controlled fermentation tnks and puncheon barrels. The 500 liters puncheons, confers exceptional integration of the grapes with the new oak tannins. By achieving warmer fermentation temperatures, it allows optimum extraction, flavor development and color stabilization. Prior to fermentation, we cold soaked the fruit for 3 days, gently extracting color, flavor and tannin from the grape skins. Fermentation in puncheons lasted approximately 15 days, to round up the tannins. These distinct fermentation lots were aged separately for about 22 months, in 40% new french oak. The winemaking team then created the final blend, attempting to achieve a well balanced, structured Cabernet Sauvignon that truly reflects the terroir of this unique AVA.
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.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unreasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluded for us on October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.