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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

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All of the grapes for this wine were hand-picked. Then they were de-stemmed, sorted, and pumped into a tank for a five-day cold soak at 50°. When the fermentation began, we pumped over the tank twice per day.  Native yeast fermentation lasted for 16 days, followed by a short heated extended maceration of 3 days. The free run was drained from the tank overnight. The wine was barreled down into 90% new French oak and 10% once-used barrels. Malolactic fermentation occurred naturally in the barrel.  This wine was barrel-aged for 24 months and bottled unfiltered.

In 2017, the year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. A Labor Day weekend heatwave kicked harvest into high gear; then, cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. 

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley
Vineyard Designation
Somerston Estate
4.8 g/l
90% new French oak and 10% once used barrels
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon from Somerston is silky, flamboyant, and generous, all of which make it an excellent choice for drinking now and over the next decade or so. Super-ripe blackberry, espresso, chocolate, licorice, and sweet spice all open as this inviting mid-weight Cabernet shows off its extroverted personality." - 93 pt, Antonio Galloni
Vineyard Notes
Each of our Somerston Estate wines is produced from a single block on our 1,682-acre estate, high in the eastern hills of Napa Valley. This estate-bottled wine is sourced solely from Celestial Block LX, one of our most valued vineyard blocks.
228 cases | 100% Cabernet Sauvignon