2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early bud break. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.
The wine rested sur lies to incorporate the oak so that the 28 months spent in 52% new barrels (three-year air-dried French, 50% and American, 2%) is barely noticeable. Non-filtered.
The geology and soils of Napa Valley are notoriously complex and are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock that has been carried downhill from the eastern Vaca range and the western Mayacamas range into the base of the valley, where they ultimately intermingle with the silt, clay and gravel deposits of the Napa River flood plain.
Varietal Composition: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 7% Malbec and 3% Petit Verdot
Napa Valley: 34% St. Helena, 26% Oak Knoll, 17% Napa Valley, 12% Napa-Carneros, 7% Mt. Veeder, 4% Rutherford