2012 CABERNET SAUVIGNON

COOMBSVILLE, NAPA VALLEY

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Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Varietal Makeup: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
Ta: 5.90 g/L
pH: 3.70
VA: 0.57 g/L
Alcohol: 14.4%
Cooperage: French Oak Barrels (40% new oak)
Time in Barrels: 26 months
Cases Produced: 55 Cases
Winemaker: Mark Jessup

Vineyard:
This small 10-acre vineyard is located just north of Napa, cradled by a crescent-shaped section of the foothills of the Vacas Range, topped by Mt. George and Atlas Peak. Most of the area was blanketed by volcanic ash from Mt. George. Alluvial flows covered the ash with cobble-stone strewn layers of rich loams. Gravelly loams and rocky volcanic soils drain easily and the ash sub-soils hold water, which the vines can access as the dry growing season progresses.

Coombsville weather is moderated by its proximity to the San Pablo Bay. Frosts are mitigated, fog covers settle more frequently and burn off later in the day.. The vines bud early and the grapes tend to be harvested later, giving a longer hang-time, thus a more complex wine. Average high temperatures can be as much as ten degrees cooler during the hot months than most other appellations, and heatspikes tend to be less severe. All of this limits dehydration, preserves acidity levels, and generally aids even ripening which contributes to the expressive elegance found in our wines.

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