Nose

Our 2015 Napa Valley Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a sweet intensity and gingerbread warmth with aromas of raspberry and blackberry

Palate

With sweet, juicy fruit on the entry and balanced concentration, the palate has weight and density. Flavors of vanilla, boysenberry, cardamom and anis are complemented by a long finish. Enjoy this wine over the next 5-9 years.

Growing Conditions

The grapes for the Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon were sourced from our organic and biodynamic vineyards in Rutherford, as well as select vineyards in Calistoga and Coombsville. Our estate vineyards are located on gravelly alluvial fan soils with good drainage, necessary for growing excellent quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The vineyards are diligently monitored throughout the growing season to balance the crop size and quality. The unseasonably warm temperatures in the early growing season in the Napa Valley in 2015 resulted in early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures later in the season caused uneven fruit set and resulted in a smaller crop than previous average yields. Winemakers and vineyard crews worked diligently to pick and sort the best berries. Harvest began as early as July 22nd, one of the earliest harvests recorded and concluded by mid-October. While drought was still a concern for most of California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the water year.

Bottling

The wine was bottled unfiltered, contributing greater texture and presence to the mid palate.

Winemaking

The wine spent between 21 and 59 days on skins. The final blend includes small amounts of Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah and Malbec for added depth and complexity.

Aging

Aged for 20 months in 100% French oak, of which 31% was new French oak (mostly Demptos, Saury, Leroi and Seguin Moreau). The balance was aged in twice and thrice-used French oak.