2016 Pinnacle, Napa Valley


2016 PINNACLE
Napa Valley
$60.00  |  Club Price $48.00
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TASTING NOTES
This wine offers intense aromas of black cherry, boysenberry and fig, with a hint of mocha. On the palate, lively notes of blueberry and plum, are aided by supple tannins and a well balanced acidity. This unique profile grants the wine a smooth texture and lengthy, elegant finish.
650 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 56% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 8% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 8% Cabernet Franc
Technical Data: ALC: 14.2% by vol.; TA: 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.53
Cooperage: 20 months in 100% French Oak Barrels (30% New)

The grapes used to make this wine were hand-picked in the early morning, and the fruit was promptly brought to the winery where it was de-stemmed, crushed and placed in small capacity stainless steel tanks for fermentation. We cold soaked the grapes for 3 days, in order to extract color and add to the flavor intensity.During fermentation, our skilled cellar crew performed two pumpovers a day throughout fermentation, which lasted an average of 22 days. The grapes were gently pressed, to grant tannins a luscious profile. The individual varietals were aged separately, in100% French oak barrels (30% new oak) where it aged for 20 months. Six months before bottling, we assembled the final blend, and it stayed in barrel for another 4 months. The wine was filtered and bottled in July of 2018.
VINEYARD NOTES
This red blend shows the synergy and diversity of Napa & Sonoma terroir. Merlot from Oak Knoll, Cabernet Franc from Alexander Valley, Petit Verdot from Atlas Peak and Cabernet Sauvignon from five distinct sub-appellations, both high elevation mountain blocks and valley floor vineyards.
VINTAGE NOTES
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.

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