2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville Napa Valley
This wine has everything we love about Oakville cabernet sauvignon: a dense, mid-palate
richness, complexity and a delicious finish. Dark red cherry fruit and sinfully deep
mocha flavors that finish with a spicy note of black pepper. 76% Cabernet Sauvignon,
13% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Merlot
The low fertility, well-drained soils and optimal sun exposure yield rich, complex
flavors and impeccable fruit maturity.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small bins and carefully sorted in our gravity-flow
cellar. The clusters were destemmed directly into traditional French oak tanks for
cold soak, fermentation and extended maceration – a total of 33 days of wine to skin
contact – maximizing the extraction of varietal character and complexity while keeping
the tannins fleshy and supple. The new wine was drained and gently pressed into 78%
new French-oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, assuring seamless integration of
fruit and oak. The final blend was assembled through repeated tasting trials over
the 20 months of barrel aging. The wine was bottled in July of 2014.