2019 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The second vintage release of my flagship offering expresses the most suave and showy qualities of the variety. From one of the highest elevation vineyards in the Mayacamas Mountains that divides Napa & Sonoma Valleys, this Cabernet Sauvignon is crafted exclusively of free-run wine without the inclusion of any press fractions. Decadent and approachable now, this wine will continue to evolve and develop over the next decade. Anticipated maturity: 2023–2033. Extremely limited production of less than 50 cases.
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is both commanding and enchanting from the moment it leaves the bottle. In the glass, the aromatics are lively with notes of cherry, fig, boysenberry, baking spices, and a brambly charisma. The palate opens to abundant purity of fruit with black currant, marionberry, and heaps of crème de cassis leading the show. The structure is polished and expansive, displaying great intensity that blooms to reveal the conspicuously chiseled and sweet tannins associated with mountain grown fruit. The finish radiates from the front to the back of the palate with a kaleidoscope of juicy and ripe fruits, delicate spices, and a satiating texture that encompasses it all. Drinkable upon release, this wine will benefit from a light decanting and should be served at 60 degrees.
Composition – 100% Cabernet Sauvignon | Clones 6 & 337
Vineyard – Nuns Canyon Vineyard, Moon Mountain District, Sonoma (Cert. Organic)
Elevation & Soil – 1,600-2,000 Feet | Red Volcanic
Harvest – October 15, 2019
Brix at Harvest – 28.2
Maceration – 19 Days | Max Fermentation Temperature 82F
Aging – 21 Months in Rare, 100% New French Oak | Colbert Forrest, France
VINEYARD & VINTAGE
At the highest ridge overlooking Nuns Canyon and the Valley of the Moon, flanked at elevations over 1,600 feet, stands this majestic Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Farmed by Phil Coturri, the godfather of organic viticulture, this vineyard is steeply terraced on nearly soilless, red volcanic rock. Bearing a scant 1.5 ton per acre – less than half the typical yield, this vineyard produces an intense and complete wine. 2019 was another great growing season for Napa and Sonoma. Ample rainfall in the winter made way for a long and consistently warm summer. Ideal weather conditions throughout the season and harvest made for generous hang-time on the vine, allowing for maximum phenolic and flavor development. Fruit was harvested by hand into small bins, allowing for gentle handling and hand sorting of the fruit at the winery.
Proprietor & Winemaker