Our 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is composed primarily of grapes from a hilltopvineyard on Atlas Peak. This sunlit vineyard is planted in Aiken Series volcanic soils, growingat an elevation of 2,200 feet. The balance of the Cabernet Sauvignon grapes came from avineyard on the western-facing lower slope of Howell Mountain. 2005 was a cooler growingyear resulting in a later harvest than expected. This growing season benefited the grapes with alonger hang time prior to harvest. We picked our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in late October.
The deep blackberry color carries through on the nose, mingled with blueberries and anise.On the palate, there are more black fruits and graphite combined with a lush, velvety texture.The bright fruit flavors complement dusty tannins on the finish, like fine dark chocolatesprinkled with cocoa nibs. Our 2005 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a great deal offinesse, and we can expect it to be at its peak from 2012 through 2018.
In 2005, the hallmark of the vintage is the higher natural acids, which forecasts the excellentcellaring potential of this wine. We fermented these grapes for three weeks at warmtemperatures, and followed with extended three-week maceration, extracting the maximum ripeflavors and supple tannins. The wine was blended in January, 2007 adding Merlot andCabernet Franc, to soften the tannins. After aging 20 months in 67% new and 33% one-yearold Billon French oak barrels, the wine was bottled, unfined, and unfiltered, in June, 2007.