2015 Rive Gauche, Napa Valley

Napa Valley
$60.00  |  Club Price $48.00
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This Limited Release wine is made in the classic style of a Left Bank Bordeaux and was sourced from several hillside and valley vineyards throughout Napa Valley. The wine offers aromas of blackberry, black currant and cassis. The concentrated flavors of plum, raspberry and Dutch cocoa linger on the palate with fine tannins that melt away into a long, luscious finish.
600 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Merlot, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Malbec
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 6.5 G/L; pH: 3.61
Cooperage: Aged for 20 months in 100% French Oak (30% New)

Hand harvested at night to preserve integrity and acidity, the grapes were quickly brought to the winery where they were de-stemmed, but not crushed. Placed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the individual components of the blend were fermented for an average of 21 days, with two to three daily pumpovers.
Napa Valley can be characterized overall as having a Mediterranean climate, but its sub-appellations 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.
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.

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