2017 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 3-Liter

  • 2017
    91
    90

$232.00

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Tasting Notes

Opulent red hues present in this wine. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, and cassis combine with dark cocoa and toasted oak. On the palate, flavors of plum, raspberry, and blackberry compote mingle with attractive elements of mocha and toasted barrel maturation. A structured yet elegant cabernet sauvignon.

Winemaking

An extreme winter in 2017 left our lakes full, which was welcome after several dry years. This groundwater primed the vineyards for what turned out to be another excellent harvest. Early spring saw lovely days with May quickly warming up. The summer’s several heat spells caused the vineyards to accelerate their ripening, while conditions remained dry. Cabernet Sauvignon harvest kicked off on September 20, 2017.

The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery in half-ton bins. At the winery, the clusters were sorted using a double sorting system. First, the clusters were sorted by hand. Then, individual berries were sorted to ensure that only ideal grapes were chosen. These berries were delivered to a fermenter for a period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures were encouraged along with gentle cap maceration to achieve the desired color and structure before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 20 months of maturation.

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