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2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon

Our goal is to seek out small vineyard parcels in the Napa Valley that are truly unique and optimal for growing age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignon.  The 2013 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon was primarily sourced from two vineyards in Rutherford with a blending element from the Soda Canyon.

The Garvey Home Ranch in Rutherford is an organically farmed, hillside block of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cordon-pruned Clone 4 is planted on a steep, low-yielding hillside that produces loose, small-berried clusters with concentrated tannins and deep garnet color.

The Mee Lane Vineyard is in the heart of Rutherford with deep Pleasanton loam soil. Owned and farmed by Mark Neal, this immaculate vineyard is certfied Organic, cane pruned and planted to the See Clone which is known for its small berries, light clusters and integrated tannins.

2013 was our first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Muscatine Vineyard.  This 1/2-acre parcel planted with clone 337 in Aiken Loam soil is tucked away in the rugged Soda Canyon at about 800 feet above sea level. We only harvested about 1/2 ton from this tiny vineyard, but we couldn’t be more excited about the intensity and depth that it contributes to the blend.

We harvest the Cabernet Sauvignon from each vineyard parcel at daybreak and de-stem the berries without breaking the skins.  The cool fruit is manually transferred into 1/2 and 1-ton open-top fermentaters and warms gradually to cellar temperature over several days and begins to ferment on their native yeast. We gently punch down the skins four times each day during the active fermentation and keep the wine on the skins for about 30 days. Once the tannins have polymerized and developed to taste, we gently siphon the wine directly to barrel. The 2013 vintage had particularly big tannins, so we opted to stir the light lees in barrel several times over the first six months.
The wine was aged for 22 months in 225 Liter barrels and bottled without fining or filtration. 8 barrels, or about 200 cases, were produced.

 

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