2011 Morisoli-Borges Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford, Napa Valley

Morisoli-Borges Vineyard
Rutherford, NV (Online Exclusive!)
$110.00  |  Club Price $88.00
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The fruit from this pedigreed Rutherford vineyard results in a complex wine that is aged in French oak barrels for twenty months. It offers great aromatic concentration of blackberry and cassis. On the palate the wine is beautifully balanced with flavors of black currant, boysenberry and a hint of espresso bean. Firm and structured in the mouth, bright layers of fruit entertain with well integrated oak for a rounded mouthfeel and a long finish.
275 cases produced

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Varietal Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC. 13.7% by vol.; RS: 0.01%; TA: 6.5 G/L; pH: 3.30
Cooperage: Aged 20 months in 100% French Oak (100% new)

The grapes for this wine were hand harvested in the early morning by hand and quickly brought to the winery in small bins. The fruit was hand-sorted, all the way down to individual berries that were promptly placed into temperature controlled fermentation tanks where they completed approximately 15 days of fermentation. The wine completed secondary fermentation and was aged for 20 months in a blend of 100% new French Oak barrels. During the final blending process it was decided that small portions of Petit Verdot would be added to lengthen and soften the tannins giving them a nice velvety texture while adding fruit and complexity.
Morisoli-Borges vineyard is located on the west side of Hwy 29, south of Niebaum lane in Rutherford, Napa Valley. The Morisoli family started farming in Napa Valley in the 1950s and purchased this vineyard in 1971. The soils are derived from alluvium and igneous rocks. The characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon from this great vineyard are a layer of elegant fruits, velvety tannins that melt on the palate, and an incredible balance that makes the wine stand by itself.
The 2011 vintage started off with a relatively dry winter. Early spring was wet and cold and it delayed bud break. The overcast weather was persistent throughout the spring and cool temperatures, rain, and even hail during the bloom caused low yields. The summer was also cool and the verasion did not occur until August. Our harvest began almost four weeks later than average and a slow pace until the first week of October when we experienced the first rain which changed the dynamics. 2011 was by far a challenging vintage. Nevertheless, an intensive care from vineyards to winemaking enabled us to produce stunning wines with remarkable delicacy.

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