Reynolds Family Winery Estate 200 Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Napa Valley, California

Reynolds Family winery’s 9-1/2 acre home vineyard sits in the shadow of Atlas Peak, just south of Stags Leap, where it enjoys cool breezes from San Pablo Bay to the south. The growing conditions here are ideal for producing big, rich, complex wines. The vineyard was first planted it in 1996 using ‘bench grafted vines’ which were quite new back then. With bench grafting, the plants are raised at the nursery for one to two years before planting. This cuts about a year off the vine’s development, allowing it to deliver usable fruit in its fourth leaf rather than its fifth. The estate is planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon. 2017 vintage – 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot. 18% barrle fermented – 60 days skin contact, 82% stainless steel tank fermented, 3 weeks skin contact. Aged 24 months in 80% new French oak, 20% cryo-cleaned w/inserts. Tasting Note: This Cabernet Sauvignon is rich on the nose, exhibiting dark fruits and a subtle hint of tobacco and leather. This wine is silky on the palate with ripe blackberries, blueberries and hints of bittersweet chocolate. The flavors of the fruit and integrated tannins result in a long finish that will not be soon forgotten.