Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
"For Napa Valley Quilt, our grapes come from a patchwork of prime Napa Valley vineyards to create a classic Cabernet Sauvignon the way my family has made it for five generations"...JOSEPH WAGNER, WINEMAKER
Before the accolades and enthusiasts turned this bucolic valley into a worldwide icon, family farmers were drawn by the region’s rare interplay of climate, soil, and spirit. These viticultural pioneers would put down the roots throughout their valley, each developing their own unique but equally remarkable character that would come define the Napa Valley and come together to create our Napa Valley Quilt.
For Quilt Napa Valley, we focus on vineyards with well-draining, low-nutritive soils that stress the vines. These soils are a grape crop with an extraordinary concentration of flavor, color, and texture. While the majority of the fruit (70%) comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance desired, we also relied on some grapes grown at elevation on Napa Valley benchlands and hillsides for a final blend with more structure and complexity than we could have achieved had we used fruit grown solely on the Valley floor.
VINEYARDS: We source fruit from these Napa Valley AVAs: Oakville, St Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain.
WINEMAKER NOTES: For Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, the winemaking process started by picking fruit at precisely the right moment. Often this meant waiting until ripeness--determined both by testing sugar levels as well as by assessing other aspects of phenological readiness--had reached an ideal point. Once in the cellar, we kept lots separated by the vineyard. While the wine underwent extended maceration, we re-evaluated the progress of each lot before moving the wine to small French oak barrels (70% new oak, 30% seasoned) where it underwent a secondary fermentation. Our final blend came about after numerous blind tastings.
COLOR: Deep, dark brick red to blood plum
AROMAS: A seamless blend of crème de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, a charry meat toastiness, dark fruits, and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice, and vanillin.
PALATE: Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar, and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis.
STRUCTURE: The wine’s weight is first felt on the front of the palate but then coats the entire mouth with placating tannin and light, pleasing grittiness. This weight, ideally counterpoised alongside the acid, leaves the mouth-watering. Great persistence on the finish.
Blackcurrant, blackberry-leaf, orange-zest, and milk chocolate aromas. More citrus zest and fresh herbs on the palate. It’s medium-to-full-bodied with firm, fine tannins and lots of fresh berry character. Drink or hold. Screwcap.
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