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2015

Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley

The color of a Burmese ruby, the 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon even in its appearance has an exuberant nature. On the nose find wild elderberry, black currant, and tobacco. Pure, delineated flavors of ripe blueberry, graphite, olive, sage, thyme and sea salt provide for an ever evolving experience on the palate. Fine-grained tannins, balanced acidity and a richly intense texture persist through the very long finish. Exquisite with grilled rib eye, pasta Bolognese, or a delicate beef carpaccio. Serve at 50°-55° F.

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92 Points Wine Advocate

“Very deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (containing splashes of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc) opens with expressive crushed plums, mulberries and cassis with touches of dark chocolate, baking spice and black soil. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with approachable, spicy black fruit, framed by grainy tannins and oodles of freshness, finishing long with a pleasant herbal lift. ”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 23rd – October 20th

Growing Season A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Winemaking

Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
Fermented in small, closed-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
5 day cold soak, 29 day total maceration
Gentle pumpovers and délestage
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 71% new
Coopers: Baron, Darnajou, Radoux, Taransaud, Boutes
Varietal Composition: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Bottled unfined and unfiltered