Deep violet-blue in hue, our 2014 Cru Cabernet Sauvignon opens with notes of black fruits, mocha and playful hints of cherry cola. A velvety textured palate frames notes of black tea, juniper berry and cardamom that extend through a long and silky finish. Firm, but lively and supple tannins, shape this full bodied cabernet while great acidity and a burst of violets keep it approachable and fresh. Blend: 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Malbec
Pairings: Rib eye steak, grilled vegetables, slow braised pork, creamy mild cheeses
Vines: Planted in 1989, on the lower slopes of the vineyard site, the original blocks of cabernet sauvignon at Vineyard 29 are almost 2.75 acres of Grace Clone bud wood on 5C and 1103P rootstock
Soil: Our hillside vineyard rests on soil formed from river deposits from the flow of the Napa River many thousands of years ago. The remnants of that water flow have created a gravelly, loamy texture in the present day soil. The soil depth varies from 2 feet at the higher vineyard elevations, to 5 feet on the lower elevations. The quantity and size of sediments vary along the vineyard with larger rocks found on the higher elevation, gradually decreasing in size toward the lower portion of the site.
Aspect: Facing eastward along the lower elevation of the Mayacamas mountain range, Vineyard 29 is ideally situated to capture early morning sunlight. Late in the day, when sunlight is more intense, the upper elevations of the mountain range provide shade for the vineyard allowing the grapes an afternoon respite, resulting in growing seasons where the grapes reach optimal ripeness without the risk of desiccation by too much sun exposure.