ORIGIN: US: California
TYPE/VARIETAL: Cabernet Sauvignon
PRODUCT: Quilt Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
“For Napa Valley Quilt, I source fruit from a patchwork of Prime Napa Valley Vineyards to create a classic Cabernet Sauvignon made in the style my family has always loved." - Joseph Wagner, fifth-generation Napa Valley winemaker
For the 2014 Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the first release of this wine, they focused on vineyards with well-draining, low-nutritive soils that stress the vines. The result of these soils is a grape crop with extraordinary concentration of flavor, color and texture. While the majority of the fruit comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance desired, they also relied on some grapes grown in the well-drained gravelly soils of the side slopes and at low elevations in the more mountainous areas for a blend with more structure and complexity than they could have achieved had we used fruit grown solely in a single region.
NAPA VALLEY AVAs: Oakville, St. Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain.
WINEMAKER NOTES: For Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, the winemaking process starts by picking fruit at optimum physiological maturity. Once in the cellar, we keep wine lots separated by individual vineyard. The wine undergoes extended maceration up to 60 days in some cases. The progress of each lot is then re-evaluated before the wine is moved to classic Bordeaux and Burgundy barrels (70% new) where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is racked every 4 to 6 months until blending and then bottling 20 months later.
Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a seamless blend of cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves and charred meat with complex notes of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanillin. Rich and satisfying on the palate with decadent chocolate brownie, yogurt, and molasses flavors in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis.
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