2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is carefully blended to give power and balance. To assure continuity, we use the vineyards Doug Hill controls and manages. We particularly appreciate the opportunity to use high elevations (Baker in Atlas Peak is at 1,200 ft) with their intense tannins and color, then blend and civilize them with vineyards from the valley floor and cooler areas. Windy Flats is on the western foothills in Wooden Valley, and Beau Terroir is in the Napa Carneros foothills. Beau Terre, Flat Rock, and Apallas are on the valley floor. The Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot elevate the nose and display the fruit and oak spice. Wines from 2015 were big and intense because of continued low rainfall, small crops, and early bloom and veraison, but growers were lucky because reasonable temperatures (for the most part) and almost no fall rain still allowed for nice hang time and maturity. This wine was bottled unfiltered, so natural sediment will appear on the cork and in the wine. Decanting is highly recommended.