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2015 Brenda's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Brenda's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Each year we select our finest barrels to create our pinnacle expression of Cabernet Sauvignon.

 

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Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Stags Leap District
Vineyard Designation
Stags Leap
Harvest Date
September 21, 2015
Sugar
28.0° Brix at harvest
Acid
6.0 g/L
pH
3.59
Aging
22 months in 100% French Oak (85% new)
Fermentation
14 days
Bottling Date
July 6 - 8, 2017
Residual Sugar
.63 g/L
Tannin
Full-bodied
Alcohol %
14.5

Each year we select our finest barrels to create our pinnacle expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. The dark, macerated black fruit is beautifully balanced with big, spicy oak that harmonizes into a fully structured mouthfeel. Full-bodied flavors of cigar box, black oolong tea and jam linger long and well on the finish. This is a wine that grabs your attention and doesn’t let go!

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
Purchased in 1998, the Family Ranch is located in the Stags Leap District AVA of the Napa Valley. The climate is known for a longer growing season of warm days and cool nights—perfect for late-maturing varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon with a signature style from this region known for its distinctive combination of power and elegance. We have 17.58 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and a small amount of Cabernet Franc. Our production facility, barrel cave and visitor center are also located here.
Production Notes
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.
Production
478 cases (12 x 750ml)
Other Notes
Harvest notes: Coming into the third year of drought, the 2015 harvest also had colder weather during flowering which led to a poor fruit set, and small, uneven grape clusters. Yields were down significantly, but quality was excellent. Summer warmth, with no rain, had picking begin in early August and end before October. Most affected were our Pinot Noir yields, but we are pleased with the full range of flavors that a concentrated vintage can provide.
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