Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2020 Case
The 2020 growing season began with a dry winter and mild spring that led to early budbreak. A few heat spells in May pushed the vines through bloom and later at veraison, with perfectly moderate growing conditions in between. Warm, sunny weather prevailed through September and produced red grapes with excellent ripeness and distinct fruit character. Our 2020 red wines are rich, forward and show a great depth of flavor.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2020 was handcrafted from grapes grown in premium vineyards that truly express the diversity of terroirs in Napa Valley. This wine showcases flavors from a range of Napa Valley’s sub-appellations, stretching from the mountain slopes of Mount Veeder and Spring Mountain, to the Rutherford hillsides, to the valley floor vineyards in Oak Knoll District, Coombsville, Oakville and St. Helena. The blend of these distinctive appellations creates a dynamic expression of the Napa Valley.
The 2020 vintage is a blend of 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot for added structure and 4% Cabernet Franc that provides an herbal, fruity character. This wine was 50% barrel fermented in two- and three-year-old French oak barriques and 50% in stainless steel tanks, followed by 18 months of aging in 25% new French oak barriques.
On the nose: Rich red and black cherry compote aromas are accented by notes of blackcurrant, lavender, anise, forest floor and graphite.
On the palate: Forward flavors of black plum, blackberry, ripe strawberry, caramel, licorice and fennel seed are further enhanced by luxurious tannins.