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2019 Cabernet Sauvignon

The Bianco Family has been making wine from grapes grown in our vineyards adjoining the historic Cyrus Creek for over five decades.  This Cabernet Sauvignon is produced entirely from the renowned Clone 4 variety which is particularly suited to the austere volcanic rock and gravel of our east-facing hillside vineyards.  The result is a wine of finesse and elegance.  Only two hundred and twenty five cases were produced.  We hope you enjoy this wine as much as we enjoyed making it for you.

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Description

Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley (243 cases produced).

This is our signature Cabernet Sauvignon made exlusively from grape clusters from our shy-bearing hillside vineyard located at the headwaters of historic Cyrus Creek.  The harvest began at the breaking of the frigid dawn of October 21, 2019. The 2019 growing season had lots of rain and late soil moisture.  The long, warm summer had very few extreme heat events, and foggy mornings with warm afternoons allowed for great hangtime.  The long, mild summer gave great color, structure and soft tannins, one that seemed well suited to the particular teroir of Cyrus Creek.  Once again we turned to our gifted, fourth generation wine maker, Massimo Monticelli, who has been responsible for the great success of our previous vintages.  The hand-culled fruit arrived at the winery in virtually perfect condition; small berried, deep black-blue in color and loose on the clusters, all coveted characteristics of Diamond Mountain clone 4 cabernet.  Following an extended cold soak, the unhurried fermentation began.  Fermentation was followeed by a fourteen day period of extended maceration.  The wine was then gently pressed and transferred to new Taransaud French Oak barrels where it aged with minimal disturbance for the next 20 months.

The resulting wine is a gem with deep ruby color finishing to the edge of the glass.  The elegant aroma, so typical of Cyrus Creek Cabernet, commences with the elegant first impression of the minerality reflective of its Diamond Mountain origins combined with notes of wet granite and dried herbs which then gives way to subtle impressions of anise, cassis and pomegranate.  The rich, plush mouth feel, velvety smooth on the palate, is manifest by flavors of black cherry, plum and dark chocolate evidence of the typicity of clone 4.  A wonderful mineral note shines through the entire experience enhanced by a lingering finish balanced by the supple ripeness of the ripe tannins. This is a wine most suitable for enjoying now or over the next 5 to seven years.  For optimal appreciation, its best opened at least one hour before serving.

Tasting Notes

The resulting wine is a gem with deep ruby color finishing to the edge of the glass. The elegant aroma, so typical of Cyrus Creek Cabernet, commences with the elegant first impression of the minerality reflective of its Diamond Mountain origins combined with notes of wet granite and dried herbs which then gives way to subtle impressions of anise, cassis and pomegranate. The rich, plush mouth feel, velvety smooth on the palate, is manifest by flavors of black cherry, plum and dark chocolate evidence of the typicity of clone 4. A wonderful mineral note shines through the entire experience enhanced by a lingering finish balanced by the supple ripeness of the ripe tannins. This is a wine most suitable for enjoying now or over the next 5 to seven years. For optimal appreciation, its best opened at least one hour before serving.

Vineyard Designation

Estate grown from the Bianco Family's Cyrus Creek Vineyards in Napa Valley's Diamond Mountain district
Vintage 2019
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Diamond Mountain
Harvest Date October 21, 2019
Sugar 24.8
PH 3.79
Aging 20 months in Taransaud barrels followed by 8 months in bottle
Barrel Aging 20 months 100% New French Oak
Ageability 5 to 10 years
Fermentation 14 day fermentation followed by an extended maceration
Bottling Date July 1, 2021
Alcohol % 14.3%
Size 750 ml