2012 RIVE GAUCHE
Club Price $64.00
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This Limited Release wine is made in the classic style of a left bank Bordeaux, this vintage our 100% Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for twenty months in French oak barrels to add depth and complexity, the wine offers aromas of blackberry, black currant and spicy undertones. The flavors are concentrated and linger on the palate framed by fine tannins that melt away into a long, delicious finish.
700 cases produced
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Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Technical Data: ALC. 14.2% by vol.; RS: 0.1 G/L; TA: 6.6 G/L; pH: 3.61
Cooperage: Aged 20 Months, 100% French Oak (75% New)
Hand harvested at night to preserve freshness and acidity, the grapes were quickly brought to the winery where they were de-stemmed and crushed. Placed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the wine underwent fermentation until it was sugar dry. After fermentation, the wine was pressed off the skins and transferred to 100% French oak barrels (75% new) where it aged for 20 months. Racked twice yearly for aeration and flavor development, the wine was carefully blended based on multiple tastings just prior to bottling.
Napa Valley can be characterized overall as having a Mediterranean climate, but its subappellations feature many microclimates suitable for growing wine grapes with distinctly different characteristics. We sourced the Cabernet Sauvignon for this blend from two of the top sub-appellations in the Napa Valley, Oakville and Rutherford. These distinct areas bring depth and complexity to the finished wine to create a traditional wine style established in the Left Bank region of Bordeaux that can express the potential of Napa Valley grapes.
The 2012 vintage was an ideal growing season from bud break to har vest. 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.