2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Los Carneros
A dark ruby colored, juicy wine with a rich and generous palate, our Los Carneros
Cabernet Sauvignon has black plum and blackberry fruit; tobacco and unsweetened
mocha aromas and flavors that lead seamlessly into a smoky, fruity finish.
79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot
While Los Carneros is known for its cooling fog and bay breezes,
this wine reveals an ideally situated vineyard for cabernet sauvignon.
This wine is sourced from a vineyard in the warmer, northern part of Napa
Valley’s Los Carneros appellation. The southwest-facing slopes of this site
capture sunlight and warmth for the development of ripe, rich flavors in our cabernet sauvignon.
The region’s combination of warm days and cool nights endured through
the growing season creating the perfect recipe for long, flavor-building
hang time and optimal sugar to acid balance. We harvested our select Los
Carneros cabernet sauvignon grapes for this wine between October 27th and October 28th.
Our vineyard team hand-harvested the fruit in the cool early morning
hours to retain vibrancy and bright acidity. After gentle de-stemming,
the wine fermented in oak tanks. The 38-day extended skin contact extracted
maximum flavors and silky tannins. After a gentle basket pressing, the wine
was carefully transferred to French oak barrels (32% new) for malolactic
fermentation. Twenty-two months of barrel-aging provided additional dimension
to this elegant cabernet sauvignon, and the wine was bottled in December of 2016.