Winemaker’s favorite Cabernet Sauvignon lot from the 40 lots harvested in 2016
Sourced from the rare French Clone 191 Cabernet Sauvignon parcel on Property Block T
Vineyard swale lies in a warm section, allowing fruit to concentrate to a bright blueberry plum character
Aged in 100% new French oak barrels
Palmaz Vineyards is a family-owned and operated gravity-flow, gravity-finish winery and historic estate at the southern end of Napa Valley. The property has been cultivated since the advent of Napa Valley’s wine industry in the 1860s. The estate’s centerpiece is the Cave, an 18-story, subterranean winery that required seven years to complete. There, the family combines the latest technology with time-honored craftsmanship to make, among much else, their signature Palmaz Cabernet Sauvignon. For Premiere Napa Valley, the Palmaz winemaking team blind-tasted the 40 parcels harvested in 2016. However, each of them on the team already knew who the favorite would be. In 2016 the grapes and wine from Parcel T captured the attention of the cellar and family from day one, tasting delicious as grapes, juice, and finally as wine. This parcel is the only wine made on property from the rare French Clone 191. The rolling swale of this vineyard lies in one of the warmer sections of the property, where the fruit is allowed to ripen and concentrate celebrating a bright blueberry plum character. The favorite among 40, this Parcel T was top of mind in 2016.
Single vineyard wine
Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
Winemaker, Palmaz Vineyards
My interest in wine developed while attending UC Davis as a premed student. I was introduced to wine when a friend from my hometown Ukiah opened a winery. I then took an Enology & Viticulture class & worked a harvest down in Paso Robles & knew I had found my career path. I worked another harvest at Rutherford Hill Winery and afterwards finished my last quarter at Davis and received my degree. I have since worked at Louis Martini, Niebaum Coppola & William Hill Winery. At Niebaum Coppola I was fortunate to work with the legendary Andre Tchelistchef for 6 years. Andre taught me the importance of being a "hands on" winemaker.
Country born: United States
Education: BS Viticulture UC Davis
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
I believe that the wine is made in the vineyard. I am fortunate here at Palmaz to not only make the wine but to have complete control over the vineyard. I know all of our vineyard blocks intimately & make all the decisions from pruning, irrigating, managing the canopy, fruit thinning & harvesting. This gives me a unique perspective on what wine each individual block will yield and my goal as the winemaker is to insure that the terroir is expressed in each lot.
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