Estate Suscol Springs vineyard southeast of the city of Napa’s downtown
Cool climate and well-drained rocky soils of Suscol Springs provide perfect cultivating conditions
Aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak barrels
Black fruit aromas and flavors with finely polished tannins arrive at vivid boysenberry finish
We crafted our 2017 Premiere Napa Valley selection to showcase Bordeaux varieties grown at our Suscol Springs vineyard on the south-eastern edge of the Napa Valley. The soil here, called Hambright Rocky Outcrop, is ideal for a vineyard this far south because the rocks throughout the estate accumulate heat during the day and help maintain warmth as the ambient temperature starts to cool off in the evening. This benefits the varietals making this wine (75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13.5% Merlot and 11.5% Cabernet Franc) in that it allows them the chance to develop an exciting phenolic profile, as well as tremendous balance of acidity and varietal flavors. On the palate, vibrant aromas of lush blackberry and black plum, while concentrated flavors of ripe black cherry, blackberry and fresh pomegranate harmonize with finely polished tannins that give way to a lush boysenberry finish. Aged for 21 months in 50% new French oak barrels.
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Cakebread Cellars
I started college studying chemistry, then when my family moved to the Napa Valley and I fell in love with the wine industry. My father worked as a winery engineer for Robert Mondavi Winery, and he enlightened me with winery design and layout for energy conservation. I was fortunate to work with Myron Nightingale, where I learned the fine art of blending.
Country born: United States
Education: BS in Fermentation Science UCD; worked alongside Myron Nightingale with great appreciation for his sensory skills and humorous view of life; I briefly got to know Andre Tschelicheff while working at Beaulieu Vineyard and admired his passion for great wine and his intimate knowledge of the vineyards.
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Showcase the best fruit in Napa Valley, and don't cover it up. Let the vineyard speak through the wine.
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