Our Cabernet grows along the eastern slope of Atlas Peak in Napa, on an isolated vineyard composed of gravelly, volcanic soil and surrounded by lush California wilderness. Positioned above the fog line at an elevation of 1600 ft., the east and southeast-facing site sees cool morning sun followed by shade from the hot afternoon sun provided by the ridgeline. Even for this intense mountain Cabernet, our approach to winemaking remains consistent--fruit is harvested when sugar levels are low to balance the wine’s powerful structure and depth with a light layer of brightness. This limited production wine is naturally fermented in steel and aged in neutral oak barrels until ready for allocation.
2013 meteorological data: A classically warm and balanced spring with early bud break. Cooler temperatures moving into the fall allowed for extended hang time and complexity without high sugar levels.
soil type: Volcanic tuff, alluvial gravelly loam
23.6 °Bx | pH 3.82 | TA 5.4 g/L
Bottled on June 2015 | 14% alc.