* BING CHERRY * COCOA NIBS * SAGE *
We farm a block of Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon on the eastern side of Oakville in Napa Valley. The soils are deep with layers of sandy loam clay, gravel, and red earth. The red soils are the result of an ancient avalanche that brought the iron-rich soils from the Vaca Mountains down to the valley floor.
2018 meteorological data: After several years of drought and the North Bay fires at the end of the 2017 harvest, the 2018 vintage was a welcome return to "normal." The winter was cool and with steady rainfall that delayed bud break by about 3-4 weeks compared to the previous years of drought & irregularly warm winters. The flowering period had a minimal amount of rain and wind which provided for a nearly ideal fruit set. The rest of the growing season brought cool and foggy mornings, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.
soil type: sandy loam clay, gravel, and red earth
24.1 °Bx | pH 3.54 | TA 6.5 g/L | 14% alc