Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Harry Hansen

This intense, mountain-grown wine has a dark ruby color and aromas of spicy black cherry, briar, tobacco, toasty oak, bay leaf and blueberry.

Tasting Notes

Classic Cabernet aromas and a deep, richly red color lead to flavors of dark cherry and red fruits with herbal accents reminiscent of a classic old-world style of Cabernet. Fine grained silky tannins frame a medium-full and pleasing mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste with hints of mocha. This is a Cabernet built for immediate enjoyment.

Winemaking Notes

Fruit was hand-harvested and hand-sorted upon arrival at the winery, with fermentation in small stainless vessels with regular pump-overs of extract deep color and fully ripe flavors. The fruit was gently pressed, racked and aged for 30 months in once-used French oak. Bottled in magnums and allowed to rest to gain further complexity prior to release.

Vineyard Notes

This special bottling is sourced from the Armstrong Ranch in the Diamond Mountain District, one of the warmer growing regions in Napa Valley. The relatively small vineyard features 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon first planted in 1984. Armstrong sits in a saddle on a steep hillside with decomposed volcanic ash and tufa soils. The Diamond Mountain growing region, established as an AVA in 2001, sits in the Mayacamas range that separates Napa from Sonoma, south of Calistoga and west of Napa Valley. Vineyards were first planted here in the 1860’s.

Vintage Notes

After several years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low yields, but outstanding quality in the fruit that was available. A mild spring with a rain-free summer allowed fruit to ripen at a steady and deliberate pace. Harvest began a few days earlier than 2014. Drier than normal and absent hoped for conditions, combined with abundant sunshine and high degree days contributed to smaller berry sizes and lower yields, resulting in fruit with excellent concentration, color and complex flavors.