Nose

Our inaugural release of Jayson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon leads with mouthwatering aromas of ripe cherries, freshly cut carnation and cracked pepper.

Palate

The silky entry evokes juicy red plums and rich Swiss chocolate, handsomely framed with notes of river stone, fennel and black tea. Fine-grained tannins lend a sophisticated elegance and model structure that allow this wine to drink nicely upon release.

Growing Conditions

Abundant winter rainfall, a cool spring, late bud break, surprise hail in June, and a touch of mid-harvest precipitation made for a challenging 2011 growing season. Rocky soils and sloping terrains kept our ridgetop vineyards well drained so while yields were low, fruit was exceptionally balanced and concentrated. Intensive berry-by-berry sorting further ensured optimal quality.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered on June 21, 2013.

Winemaking

The grape clusters were hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then sorted again on the way to tank. After five days of cold maceration in small open-top fermenters, the grapes began fermentation with 100% native yeast. After three weeks, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to French oak barrels (50% new) to complete primary and secondary fermentations.

Aging

Aged for eighteen months.