Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
/ Napa Valley
Grapes: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
The grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon come from the finest vineyard sites in the best appellations of Napa Valley, including the Sequoia Grove Estate and Tonella Estate Vineyards in Rutherford, as well as select parcels from top growers, including Morisoli and Beckstoffer in Rutherford, Stagecoach in Atlas Peak, Lamoreaux in the Oak Knoll District and Healy in St. Helena. All fruit is hand sorted before undergoing a cold soak followed by inoculation with French yeast strains. Individual wines are fermented in small batches with daily pump-overs. The wine then undergoes malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels and is further aged in oak before bottling.
Blue Lifestyle2017 vintage
Tasting Panel2017 vintage
The growing season began with ample groundwater due to heavy rainfall in December, January, and February. A mild spring contributed to even flowering and set and started the growing season off relatively early. Summer was relatively warm and an unusual, extended heatwave during Labor Day weekend, instead of accelerating brix, actually froze brix in place, allowing ripening to continue with the welcome relief of more moderate brix levels upon harvest. This 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is an extremely, high-quality expression of this challenging Napa Valley vintage.
Deep ruby in color with intense aromas and flavors of blackberry, red and black cherries and currants interwoven with sweet spice, floral and mineral notes. The palate has a big, round, silky arc with smooth tannins, impeccable balance, and a long, flavorful finish.
A versatile food wine, the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with any red meat on the grill, pork tenderloin, heavy cheeses and grilled vegetables.
GRAPES: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 1% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
ACIDITY: 5.7 g/l
AGING: 20 months in barrel 50% new French oak
points of distinction
- A concentrated, silky wine emphasizing varietal expression, richness and balance
- Aged 20 months in barrel, 50% French oak
- Rutherford-dominated blend of Cabernet Sauvignon complemented by Bordeaux grapes
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.”