2018 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Foss Valley Ranch
Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
$125.00  |  Club Price $100.00
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TASTING NOTES
This Cabernet Sauvignon features intense aromas of blackberry, cassis and plum, mingling with notes of dried fig and sage. These notes are carried through the palate, and the lively acidity balances the dark fruit and the firm tannins, leading to a long, lasting finish. A true, intense representation of an Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon.
225 Cases Produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.6% by vol.; TA: 6.6 G/L; pH:3.55
Cooperage: 100% French Oak Barrels, 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 put into both small temperature-controlled fermentation tanks and puncheon barrels for fermentation.

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 25 days, with three punchdowns a day. For the tank portion, we extended fermentation for 40 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.
VINEYARD NOTES
The Foss Valley Ranch is located on a mountain top at nearly 1,500 feet in the Atlas Peak appellation, on the East side of Napa Valley. The soils are derived from weathered igneous rock that spread uniformly through the vineyard and offer a high drainage capacity, which regulates vine vigor.

This exceptional site sits above the fog line and receives plenty of sunlight, while its temperature stays moderated throughout the growing season. This unique terroir gives us an extra two weeks of hang time and allows grapes to develop great flavor and phenolic content. Consequently, Foss Valley Ranch produces grapes with intense color, great flavor intensity, and structured fine tannins.
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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