Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley (225 cases produced).
This is our signature Cabernet Sauvignon made exclusively from selected grape clusters from our shy-bearing hillside vineyard located adjacent to the headwaters of historic Cyrus Creek. The 2018 growing season started with great rains resulting in bud break to occur a bit late. Our historic vinyards experienced a typical ripening season with sunny warm days, cool marine nights and no major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created ideal conditions to allow fruit to accumulate flavor complexitiy with gradual increases in sugar levels.
To craft this wine, we were fortunate once again to be able to turn to our award winning fourth-generation winemaker Massimo Monticelli whose skills in both the vineyard and cellar have been in no small way responsible for the great success of our previous vintages. The harvest took place in the early morning hours of November 5, 2018.
The grapes came into the winery in optimal condition, small-berried, deep black blue and loose on the clusters. Following a four-day cold soak, the natural process of slow fermentation began. Following a twelve-day fermentation an extended maceration of nine days occurred, after which the wine was pressed and transferred to small new French Oak Taransaud barrels for aging in the cool cellar. The wine was bottled on August 14, 2020 after twenty-two months of maturation in the barrel and further aged in bottles.
This Cyrus Creek vintage is elegant and finesse driven in the classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon style. The first thing one notes is the deep ruby color finishing to the edge of the glass. Next follows a deep fragrance of cocoa covered raspberry and currants. The complexity is manifest on the palate by flavors of licorice, blackberry and cassis. This juicy wine follows through with a velvety mouth-feel enhanced by a long finish of bittersweet chocalate and dried herbs. An exceptional minerality shines through the whole experience. Wonderful now, this wine will benefit from further bottle aging reaching its peak in 3 to 5 years but drinkable for at least another 10 years thereafter. This cellar-worthy wine is best enjoyed if decanted one hour before serving.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date||November 5, 2018|
|Aging||22 months in Taransaud barrels followed by 8 months in bottle|
|Barrel Aging||22 months 100% New French Oak|
|Ageability||5 to 10 years|
|Fermentation||4 day cold soak, 12 day fermentation followed by a 9 day extended maceration|
|Bottling Date||August 14, 2020|