Scholar + Mason Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, Napa Valley, California

From Brack Mountain Wine Company – “The focus and concentration of the scholar, combined with the strength and power of the Mason.” The Cabernet is sourced from vineyards located on opposite ends of the Napa Valley. The majority of the blend hails from Yountville, located on the North side. The remaining portion comes from Calistoga on the South end of the valley. The Scholar & Mason Cabernet Sauvignon is aromatically expressive with notes of dark cherries, ripe plum, menthol and pencil shavings. The structure is supple and generous with long, elegant tannins and balanced acidity. The finish is concentrated with currant, dark forest fruit, charcuterie and cedar spice. Half of the grapes were de-stemmed and half crushed, and then transferred by gravity to stainless steel fermentation tanks. After a long, cold soak, the must was allowed to warm and ferment with indigenous yeast. After a steady fermentation to complete dryness, the new wine stayed on the grape skins for an extended maceration to develop mouthfeel and structure. The wine was pressed off 38 days after it went into tank. Malolactic fermentation was left to complete indigenously.