Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
/ Napa Valley
Grapes: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet. Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
Grapes come from the finest vineyard sites in Napa Valley's best appellations, including Sequoia Grove and Tonella Estate vineyards in Rutherford (36%), and select parcels from top growers, including Stagecoach, Morisoli, Lamoreaux, Henry Brothers, Johnson Vineyard, Frediani Vineyard, Healy Vineyard, and Christian Vineyard. All fruit is hand sorted before a 1-2 day cold soak, then fermented in small batches, with pumpovers 2-3 times a day, and malolactic fermentation in barrel. The wine matured for 20 months in American oak barrels (40% new).
Wine Spectator2015 vintage
Wine Spectator Insider2015 vintage
Harvest 2015 was one of our earliest years on record. The persistent California drought and a cool spring during bloom led to low yields in the vineyard and an early bud break. Careful irrigation and canopy management were key, and allowed us and our growers to maximize quality and create beautifully ripe and balanced fruit. The wines resulting from the 2015 vintage are some of our favorite to date, the only unfortunate part being that yields were very low.
On the nose this wine has notes of sweet vanilla, pepper and spice followed by blackberry, strawberry, and berry pie. On the palate the wine is round and full bodied with notes of red fruit and bright acidity. Age at least 10 years.
Versatile with food, this wine pairs well with grilled red meats and vegetables, pork tenderloin and heavy cheeses.
GRAPES: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet. Franc, 2% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
ACIDITY: 5.90 g/L
AGING: Aged 20 months in barrel, 40% new American oak
points of distinction
- A concentrated, silky wine emphasizing varietal expression, richness and balance from start to finish.
- Aged 20 months in barrel, 40% American oak
- Rutherford-dominated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by Bordeaux grape varieties
about the grape +
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
– Molly Hill, Winemaker
“Temperature and time are the two most significant winemaking tools.”