Napa Cellars Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
September 20-21, 2017
T.A.: 0.58 g / 100ml
27 months, 100% French oak
The Napa Cellars 2017 Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon showcases a deep, purple hue and boasts bright aromas of blackcurrant, dark berry and plum with notes of oolong tea, clove, violets and hints of toast. This wine has an inviting palate of blackberry, toffee, vanilla and notes of graphite and cedar with dense structure and assertive tannins. For the perfect pairing, serve with beef stew topped with thyme or, for dessert, Brie cheese drizzled with honeycomb.
The grapes for the 2017 Reserve Collection Cabernet Sauvignon come mostly from the Saint Helena appellation. Vineyards here offer level sites with deep, loamy soils, good sun exposure and excellent air circulation—the ideal location for producing classic Napa Valley Cabernet. The rest of the blend comes from carefully selected vineyards in the Oak Knoll region providing warm dark fruit characters and attractive tannin structure.
After harvesting the grapes in the early morning hours, grapes underwent a 13 to 20 day maceration period and were fermented using the Délestage method. This process allows the winemaker to extract copious amounts of color and flavor from the skins, while avoiding excessive extraction of bitter and astringent flavors. The lots were then aged in 100% French oak (57% new) for 27 months.