Our 2015 Napa Valley Reserve Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
opens with a sweet intensity and gingerbread warmth with aromas
of raspberry and blackberry
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
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.
The wine was bottled unfiltered, contributing greater
texture and presence to the mid palate.
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
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.