Rombauer Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
Item Number: 11104
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Grape(s): 84% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Petit Verdot / 6% Cabernet Franc
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Vineyard Sources: The fruit for this wine comes from vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Mount Veeder, St. Helena, Calistoga and Rutherford AVAs.
2015 Vintage Notes: 2015 brought the earliest harvest in Rombauer's 35-year history. Yields were down overall, but prolonged warm weather resulted in exceptional fruit quality and richly flavored wines. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology.
Vinification: All fruit was manually harvested and sorted in the vineyards. The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor, before a combination of tank and barrel fermentation was used to provide a richer, more textured palate. The wine was gently basket pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. The Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon spent 16 months in 80% new French oak.
Tasting Notes: The nose is expressive, with aromas of red fruit, cassis and toast. The wine is full-bodied, packed with flavors of boysenberry, raspberry and black cherry, along with notes of sweet tobacco, cedar and vanilla. Supple tannins carry through to a lingering finish.