2018 RIVE GAUCHE
Club Price $48.00
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, redcurrant, cherry, and Dutch cocoa linger on the palate and the fine tannins melt away into a long, luscious finish.
800 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 6% Malbec, 6% Tempranillo, 3% Cabernet Franc
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.6 g/L; pH: 3.48
Cooperage: 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)
Hand harvested at night to preserve integrity and acidity, the grapes were brought straight to the winery where they were destemmed, but not crushed. Placed in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, the individual components of the blend were fermented for an average of 24 days, with two to three daily pumpovers and/or punchdowns.
After fermentation, the wines were pressed off the skins and transferred to 100% French oak barrels (30% new) where each varietal was aged separately for about 20 months. Racked three times, for aeration, the wine was carefully blended based on multiple tastings prior to bottling.
Napa and Sonoma County can be generally characterized 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 and Merlot from three of the top sub-appellations in the Napa Valley, Calistoga, Rutherford, and Oakville. These distinct areas bring depth and complexity to the finished wine. The remaining varietals originated from Alexander Valley, in Sonoma County. While summer daytime temperatures are hot enough to suit these heat-loving red grapes, the rapid cooling effect of evening fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean protects their flavor-boosting acidity as they ripen.
The perfect growing season in Napa and Sonoma County, 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 the previous 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..