Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California

2017 vintage – 83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot. Aged 17 months in French oak barrels, 56% new. Tasting Notes: Deep shades of purple, and rich dark-red hues, signal that this is a quintessential Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, dark chocolate and notes of oak precede balanced acidity and firm tannins. With forward fruit, and welcome mineral undertones, this is a perfectly balanced wine that is approachable now, yet will age beautifully. The grapes from throughout the valley that were farmed to make this wine, provide a natural diversity of flavors. Winemaking: The grapes were destemmed and hand-sorted, following nighttime harvesting in cool temperatures to preserve optimum freshness and vibrant flavors. By fermenting in a variety of stainless steel tanks differing in size, our winemaker created diverse lots of wine that, once blended, provide layers of intense flavor and complexity. Aging in 56% new French oak, along with the blending in of complementary Bordeaux varietals, provided a fitting finale to this flagship wine.