The 2017 vintage will be talked about for years to come. There were multiple unforeseen challenges that kept growers and winemakers on their toes until the very end. A hailstorm in June, August & September heat waves and unpredicted California wildfires in October. In parts of the valley, picking took place earlier due to extreme August and September heat. In others, Cabernet was picked later in November due to the fires. This will create a bifurcation in the wine style for 2017: Some wines will be more elegant with structure due to the shorter hang-time, and the later-picked wines will have a more plush mouthfeel and softer tannins.
24% of the 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was barrel-fermented and barrel-aged in new French Oak. The balance of the wine was fermented traditionally, in stainless steel tanks, then moved to French neutral oak for balance.
Intense ruby in color, this Cabernet opens with a lovely bouquet of forward fruit, soft notes of oak from the barrel fermentation, some anise and a hint of mocha. Ripe black fruit unfolds on the palate offering cassis, blackberry and black cherry. The finish is long and lingering with a smooth rich texture.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
6% Merlot, 2% Malbec