Our inaugural release of Jayson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon leads with mouthwatering aromas of ripe
cherries, freshly cut carnation and cracked pepper.
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.
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.
Bottled unfined and
unfiltered on June 21, 2013.
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.
Aged for eighteen months.