This wine is recognized by our signature fruit forward, explosive front palate profile but it’s the full-bodied structure that sets it apart within our Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio. Attractive aromas of dark chocolate, sarsaparilla and anise bring the big, bold flavors of ripe red cherry, black olive and vanilla all into focus. The assertive mid-palate delivers into a long finish of sweet fruit and oak.
Our Stella Knight estate vineyard was purchased in 2013. This unique little 10-acre gem is nestled into the shadow of Diamond Mountain and is comprised of three distinct blocks. The diversity of the three blocks allows us to create two separate wines from this single vineyard. The majority of the fruit is the backbone of our Fraternity Red Wine Blend while a separate barrel selection becomes part of our 100% Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio showcasing diverse Napa Valley sub-appellations.
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. We then bleed about 10% of the juice to allow for an increased ratio of skin to juice which adds structure, mouthfeel and color to the final wine. After 3 days of cold soak, the juice is inoculated and ferments for approximately 14 days. The wine is then pressed into tank and allowed to settle for 24 hours. The wine is then racked clean into 100% French oak barrels where it passes through malolactic fermentation and then ages for 20 months prior to bottling.
405 cases (12 x 750ml)
Harvest notes: Our harvest was unusually early this year as we were in the third consecutive year of drought. We had decent rain in late February and early March which helped to relieved most of the water deficit and gave the vines a vigorous Spring start. "Early" was the key word all season, from bud break to veraison to harvest. Thankfully, the hotter months proved milder than we expected and we believe 2014 to be one of our most balanced vintages.