2015 Haystack Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon
September 14 – October 30, 2015
TA: .56 g/L
22 months, 100% French oak (80% new)
With a concentrated strong purple color, this wine is bursting with essences of dark fruits, rhubarb cobbler, cherry coke and some black tea leafy character and hints of cedar and cigar box. This mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is full bodied with slightly drying tannin. A burst of youthfulness on the palate releases fresh blueberries and ripe currants complementing the pronounced oak.
Haystack Vineyard is nestled way up in Atlas Peak, Napa Valley’s highest appellation, perched 1,500 feet above sea level in the Vaca Mountains. This craggy, extremely rocky site stresses the vines, resulting in small, intensely concentrated berries.
Universally speaking, 2015 produced lower yields but excellent quality and concentration. Due in part to the drought, but more so an extended period of cool weather during the bloom period in May and June, our grape clusters were on the lighter side and our berries stayed smaller with thicker skins. The consistently warm summer led to slightly earlier-than-normal ripening on the valley floor and high stress conditions in our mountain vineyards. The resulting wines are beautifully fruity and focused with terrific acidity.