Wine Maker Notes
This is our fourth vintage of “District 4” Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 18 months in 75% new oak leaving it with an aroma of vanilla, gingerbread, spice and cream. I added a substantial amount of Cabernet Franc to this year’s blend because I liked the spice it added to the nose. The Cabernet Franc also added a hint of earthiness to the palate while still allowing the fruit of the Cabernet Sauvignon to shine through. Fine tannins and flavors of blackberry and cedar round out the finish of this food friendly wine.
This hillside vineyard is located between Caldwell and Porter Family in Eastern Napa. It is at about 600’ elevation with volcanic rocky soil. This vineyard produces unusually high acid grapes each year. Aging in 100% new oak barrels (a mix of Hungarian and French) gives this wine a distinctive maple, clove and vanilla characteristic. The wine has blackberry on the palette with fine tannin and a long finish.