Winemaking: The grapes were hand-harvested in passes at dawn October 2016, at 25 Brix. Our grapes were picked cool at 46 F, destemmed, cold soaked for 5 days to gently optimize extraction of tannins, color and fresh fruit, then fermented in small lot 3/4 ton open top fermenters. The grapes were punched down by hand two to three times a day until dry. The wine was pressed to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then racked into 100% French barrels for its planned 32 months elevage, which will add complex flavors and lush aromatics. Each barrel was hand racked three times and bottled with techniques that ensure maximum protection for aging cellar-worthy collector caliber wines.
Tasting notes: Silky, full bodied, age-worthy Cabernet with ample layers of ripe fresh fruit including blueberry, cassis, dried berries with hints of chocolate and walnut. Substantial, yet supple tannins with a remarkably long and balanced finish. Stylish, classic Bordeaux-styled collector's Napa Cabernet.
- 92 Points
JEBDUNNUCK – 91-93 Points