2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Magnum

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Twice the size of a standard wine bottle at 1.5 liters, magnums are ideal for entertaining, for extended aging -  and also make stunning gifts.

Our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon combines fruit from our estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville. The hand harvested grapes were cold-soaked for several days to extract flavor and color prior to fermentation. Several lots underwent extended maceration to refine and soften the tannins, and all lots were aged in a combination of French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels for 18 months prior to blending. This is a warm and richly satisfying Cabernet that fills the mouth with flavors of black cherry syrup, blackberry preserves, vanilla, brown butter, praline and a hint of anise. The wine has a loose knit structure and is built for immediate enjoyment, yet a tangible streak of pleasant acidity promises ageability for a decade or more.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced:150
Aging:18 months in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels
Enjoyability:Drink now through 2027 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley will be remembered for high quality but low yields. The growing season began with warm temperatures in late winter and early spring resulting in an early bud break. In May, colder temperatures during bloom caused fruit set to be uneven, yielding a much smaller crop compared to earlier vintages. Winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly. The harvest, which was in full swing by mid-August, was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, and most vintners completed picking by mid-October. Although the continuing drought was a concern around California, Napa Valley received 75% of its annual rainfall average in 2015 making it less worrisome for Napa vintners.

Bottles I Would Recommend
"...layered with lush fruit sourced from St. Helena, Rutherford and Oakville; made for a great steak." August 2018
"...The wine showed a dark ruby almost opaque color. Blackberry, cassis, vanilla, plum, raspberry, oak and whiffs of dark chocolate all arrived on the deep and alluring nose. Blackberry, black cherry, cassis, mocha, vanilla, raspberry, plum and oak followed on a palate loaded with dark berry fruit. The wine exhibited good structure and length, along with moderate tannins. This wine would pair very well with a dry-aged prime rib.." Read more.
— The Nittany Epicurean, August 2018
92 points
Blue Lifestyle
"Silky and smooth; bright and balanced with firm structure and fine balance; a classic Napa Cab from this consistently excellent winery." July 2018
Best of Class
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2018