|Varietal(s)||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
Savory, bright and deep, this generous wine offers black cherry, ripe blackberry, and mission fig. On the palate herb notes of star anise, marjoram and French lavender
provide complexity and depth alongside the juicy bramble fruits. Secondary notes of graphite, cocoa and pencil lead hint at classic wines of the old world.
The 2013 growing season and harvest were ideal at Mayacamas. Warm spring temperatures and dry weather resulted early bud break, consistent flowering and even fruit set. Warm summer days and cool foggy nights provided the perfect balance for ripeness. A heat spike in early September signaled the start of the Cabernet harvest on September 10 – our last fruit arrived at the winery October 8th. Grapes for the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon were harvest exclusively from high-elevation vineyards, some more than 40+ years old. Mount Veeder is a one-of-a-kind appellation with a cooler mountain climate and the lowest yields in Napa Valley. Solid range from poor volcanic deposits to ancient seabed; the grapes produced here retain high acidity and a clean mineral character.
Our grapes are harvested early to retain bright acidity and firm tannins. For fermentation we utilize a combination of cement vat fermenters, open-top foudre and stainless steel. After approximately two weeks on skins, we gently press and are ready for aging. The 2013 Cabernet aged 32 months in neutral oak – 20 months in large format foudre and 12 months in barrique. After bottling, the wine was cellared for 12 additional months before release.