Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Jon Priest

The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. The 2015 Cabernet was sourced with fruit from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley -- Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, Morisoli Vineyards in Rutherford, Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville, and Schoenstein Vineyard on the north end of St. Helena. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, the assembled wine exhibits the range of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse.

Tasting Notes

A classic expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, showing off the best of each growing region, this vintage shows off aromas and flavors of dark fruit led by blackberry, dark raspberry and black cherry with hints of oak spice.  The wine is well balanced with great structural integrity, a solid acid backbone and a weighty yet elegant and lingering finish.  Sure to continue gaining complexity and revealing additional character with age, the wine is suitable for immediate enjoyment or cellaring for another two decades.

Winemaking Notes

Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention.  The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and fermented on their skins in open top fermenters.  An extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics.  The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels – using a selection of coopers and forests to accentuate the vineyard distinctions – where it aged for 20 months in 100% French Oak (75% new).  In order to maintain the unique characteristics of each vineyard, each block and lot was kept separate until this point when the assemblage was blended.  The resulting wine was returned to barrel for an additional nine months of aging.

Vineyard Notes

The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley.  The 2015 Cabernet was sourced with fruit from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley — Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, Morisoli Vineyards in Rutherford, Frediani Pickett Road in Calistoga, Schauenstein in St. Helena and Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville.  By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, the assembled wine exhibits the range of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse. 

Vintage Notes

Early, a bit challenged by the cumulative impact of the drought years, but exceptional in quality for the smaller amount of fruit that was harvested. That’s the record of the 2015 growing season. A mild winter caused early bud break, followed by protracted bloom and unseasonably cool weather in spring, contributing to smaller grape clusters and variable crop size.
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