2010 Cloud's Nest Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon 6L
October 26 - November 5, 2010
High above the Napa Valley floor in the Maycamas Mountains, our Cloud’s Nest Vineyard embodies the greatness of the Mt. Veeder appellation. This high altitude vineyard is incredibly steep with gravelly soil, and like all our vineyards, must be patiently farmed by hand. Its’ cool, eastern exposure allows for extended hang time, which imbues the grapes with greater complexity and character.
The 2010 vintage started out with a very cool and wet spring that let into the characteristically dry, though slightly cooler than normal, Napa summer. Usually the Napa Valley goes through several heat spikes and in 2010 these were on the late side without significant heat until the third week of August and then additional heat waves in September and October.
“Above the fog line at 1,500 feet, this is an incredibly beautiful, yet stressed vineyard that produces trademark Mt Veeder characteristics. Black cherry, forest floor, cigar box and black tea aromas are matched with dark brambly black fruit and savory notes. This is an approachable, complex mountain cabernet with firm tannins and a lingering finish. This wine screams Bistecca Fiorentina—that would be a good pairing!” -Mario Monticelli