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Maldonado Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California 2019

  • $72.00
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This wine captures what is classic about Napa Valley Cabernet. Yes, fruit, and also: savory and aromatic qualities, freshness, and tension. It’s varietally true. Here we find contemporary Napa characteristics reaching back to take cues from the '70s Napa greats and a gateway to what we love about Cabernet Sauvignon.

Winemaker: Hugo Maldonado

Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon 

Farming: Organic

Terroir:  Alluvial, Gravelly Loam in the benchlands of Saint Helena

Vinification: Hand harvested in the coolest morning hours. Upon delivery to the winery, the bins will be slowly dumped into a crusher de-stemmer, which literally removes the stems and leaves, leaving just the berries to go down a conveyor belt where they will be meticulously sorted. This sorting process ensures that any lingering leaves, stems and other odd debris will get removed prior to the berries reaching the fermentation tanks.

The grape juice, known as 'must', undergoes daily hand punch downs to ensure that the cap of skins ,which float on top, are pushed back down into the juice, allowing amazing color extraction. The fermentation lasts roughly two weeks, until the majority of the fermentable sugars are consumed by the yeast. At this point the free run juice is drained away from the cap, where it is 'bull dogged' or pumped into French oak barrels to begin its lengthy aging process.

Aging: Aged for up to 2 years in French oak!

Tasting Note: This elegant cabernet resonates with the care and time bestowed upon the vineyards from which it comes. Impressive aromas of Vanilla bean, ripe macerated red fruit and anise invite you to take the first sip. A mouth-filling entrance of rich loganberry, earthen spice, fresh tobacco leaf and walnut. A lasting medium-firm finish that guarantees a promising age-worthy cabernet that will only improve with time.