2009 Limited Release Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
The 2009 growing season was quite mild in Napa Valley. Napa Valley had slightly above average rainfall. The cool spring and early summer prolonged flowering. In the late summer, temperatures began to warm up and the grapes ripen slowly and resulted in grapes with conecentraed color and flavor.
The grapes were handpicked at night, brought directly to the winery, to be sorted and destemmed. The individual berries were sorted again and transferred into stainless steel tank to be cold soaked for five days. The must was then warmed and yeast added to begin the fermentation process. During fermentation, the fruit was pumped over two to three times daily to mix the skins with the fermenting juice to ensure optimum extraction of flavor and color. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was drained and gently pressed into French oak barrels and allowed to develop and age for twenty months.
This Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of blackberry, brown sugar, tobacco, cedar and violet. The palate has flavors of black cherry, baking spice and cocoa with finely structured tannins and a long, lingering finish.
40% Rutherord, 28% Atlas Peak, 12% Stag's Leap, 11% Oak Knoll and 9% Napa Valley