Palate

Flavors of blackberry, plum, cocoa powder and rose petal are expressed in the nose, while on the palate, the wine is ripe, round and lush. The ripe tannins seamlessly integrate into the persistent finish, which is a desired signature of our Vintner Select Cabernet each year.

Growing Conditions

Our 2015 Vintner Select Cabernet Sauvignon expresses the balance, concentration, and purity of varietal character that have emerged as the signature of the great 2015 reds. This wine is produced from a single vineyard block at the western-most edge of our Spring Mountain estate, above the Napa Valley’s morning fog, where it is bathed in warm sunlight throughout the growing season. The block, named “Carolyn’s” after Carolyn Pride, is planted to 70% clone 337 and 30% clone 15 cabernet sauvignon. An ultra-light crop in 2015 and excellent ripening conditions throughout the growing season.

Harvest

The grapes were night-harvested on September 30th, gently destemmed and transferred to a stainless-steel fermentation vat.

Bottling

Bottled July 2017.

Winemaking

After twenty days on the skins, the wine was drained and transferred.

Aging

French oak barrels, 50% new, barrel-aged for twenty months.