Cakebread Vine Hill Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley (2014)
We employ traditional artisan winemaking techniques to maximize the singular character of our Vine Hill fruit. After the grapes are gently destemmed and crushed, the must (unfermented juice and skins) from each of the three vineyard lots is cold-soaked in small, closed-top, stainless steel tanks for 48 hours to extract color, aromas, flavors and fine tannins prior to initiating fermentation (in the same tanks) with a cultured French yeast strain. Once fermentation completes, the wines enjoy an extended maceration on their skins to fully extract color and flavor and soften tannins. Our 2015 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in French oak barrels, 66% new, before bottling in July, 2017.
Ripe, brooding, boysenberry, blackcurrant and black fig aromas, abetted by hints of loam, mineral and toasted oak, preface an immensely concentrated palate featuring deep, lush, dark cherry, boysenberry and cassis flavors. Tightly structured by youthfully firm, yet supple tannins and fresh, crisp acidity, the Vine Hill displays a density and power found in only the finest cabernet sauvignons. It culminates in an incredibly long, savory finish showcasing rich, earthy, black fruit flavors refreshed by cool mineral tones. A truly delicious wine, even in its youth, this intense, yet elegant cabernet sauvignon will flourish with another decade of bottle aging.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Alcohol: 15.4% Vineyards: 100% Vine Hill Ranch, Oakville Total acidity: 0.64 g/100 ml Harvest dates: September 15th – 19th, 2015 pH: 3.55 Fermentation: 100% in small stainless steel tanks Barrel aging: 22 months in French oak