2005 Sacrashe Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Vineyard Composition & Location
Rutherford (98%), Oak Knoll (1%), Mt Veeder (1%)
French Oak, 20% 1&2 year old French Oak
At elevation of
750 feet above Silverado Trail due east of Rutherford, this
picturesque vineyard is known for its thick skinned, dark, intense
fruit. The yields are always low and the fruit so distinct,
the special care it receives is reflected in the bottle.
The fruit was
hand sorted, destemmed with the high whole berry content. It
cold soaked for 7 days before being inoculated and fermented for 11 days with
the maximum temperature of 90 degrees and then put through extended
maceration for another three weeks. The malolactic
fermentation took place in the barrel. The wines were racked 5 times
before being blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc
in June of 2007.
Plush toasty oak on the nose masks
the deep complex aromas of blackberry, bacon fat, rhubarb and orange peel. Currently,
it shows its youthful intensity with its ripe but young tannins.
With aeration, layers of flavors are revealed by velvety oak.
shows black cherry, black currant, kirsch notes. It's so easy
to drink this now but it will only get better with time.