They say curiosity killed the cat, but satisfaction brought it back. There are so many sides to Napa Cabernet, although we lean toward the least trodden path - true Cabernet aromatics of violets, blackcurrant, perfumed spice and leafy notes with a seamless palate that is not overdone. Well, it almost got the better of us, but finding both a Napa valley floor and hillside vineyard to express this seamless balance was the reward we needed.
Our objective is to create a seamless Cabernet Sauvignon - nothing overdone, especially the oak. To achieve this, we sought vineyards from both the valley floor in Rutherford, as well as Oak Knoll, and the Chiles Valley. The blend of earthy, fruit-driven Cabernet from the valley floor combined with chiseled hillside tannins and acidity is very appealing. This, along with a small parcel of Merlot, gave us our desired palate weight and texture.
After harvest, it’s really hands off as much as possible. To get the ball rolling, we start with a brief three day cold soak followed by an 18-day fermentation. We then allow for a two week post-ferment maceration. The varietals are kept separate during their 16-month maturation before final blending and bottling - unfined and unfiltered.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon shows the classic notes of dark berry fruits, raspberry, licorice, cedar and hints of clove spice. The palate is well structured with ripe, slightly grippy tannins providing the frame for the blackberry, plum and vanilla flavors. The wine is medium bodied with lovely balance and finishes with length and clarity.