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 bright afternoon heat provided by the ridgeline. Even for this bigger style of 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. Our limited production is vinified in steel and aged in oak barrels until ready for allocation.
2016 METEOROLOGICAL DATA: Napa's third consecutive warm winter prompted an early start to the growing season. March frosts slightly thinned what would become a warm, healthy vintage. As harvest started early in August, the weather cooled and fruit quality soared, prompting a balanced and beautiful vintage.
soil type: Volcanic tuff, alluvial gravelly loam
24.3 °Bx | pH 3.62 | TA 6.6 g/L | 14% alc.