Benchland Select is a special blend of five clones of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from two superior vineyards in the gently sloping western benchlands of Rutherford and Oakville. These vineyards benefit from cool afternoon shade provided by the Mayacamas Mountains, allowing the grapes to mature at a slow, even pace, and gravelly loam soils affording excellent drainage. Each lot is gently destemmed and fermented separately in small stainless steel tanks designed to maximize color, flavor and tannin extraction. Yeast strains, fermentation temperatures, maceration techniques and barrel aging regimens were specifically tailored to the character of each lot to capture the finest attributes of each vineyard block in the final blend. The blend spent 22 months aging in French oak barrels, 57% new, prior to bottling.

92 Points
Wine Advocate
2019 vintage
93 Points
jamessuckling.com
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
In 2019, the season began with significant rainfall, preparing the soils for an exceptional season. Overall, summertime temperatures were moderate across Napa Valley which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly before the harvest.
Tasting Note
Aromas or ripe black fruits including blackberry, cassis, and boysenberry lift from the glass along with hints of mocha and vanilla. On the palate, the wine is silken with concentrated and intense black fruit flavors supported by elegant, fine-grained tannins. The finish is rich and long with hints of dark chocolate and fig.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.66
ACIDITY: 0.59g/100ml
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 22 months in 57% new French oak
Unique Selling Points
  • From three prime benchland vineyards in Rutherford and Oakville
  • Each lot fermented and matured separately for utmost fruit and terroir expression
  • Matured 22 months in French oak barrels, 57% new

About the Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
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