2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Planted at an elevation from 1,400 to 1,760 feet, the Guarachi Family Wines estate Bordeaux style vineyard of 28-planted acres reflects the best of Atlas Peak, exhibiting rocky volcanic soil in a jagged, mountainous landscape. Although subject to the typical maritime afternoon and evening cooling, the area tends to avoid the fogs that spill into the rest of Napa Valley. As such, Atlas Peak is influenced by full sunlight during the day, and the temperature drops at night, with warm, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Meadowrock, is located northeast of Napa, primarily within the Foss Valley and Soda Canyon areas.
VARIETALS: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
APPELLATION: Atlas Peak, Napa Valley
AGING: 20 months in 100% French oak
Production: 1,000 cases
Alcohol: 14.8 %
TASTING NOTES: Blackcurrant, clove, chocolate and black-tea aromas. Medium-bodied with sleek, fine-grained tannins. Fresh and flavorful with an earthy, mineral touch.
WINEMAKER NOTES: Due to the exposure, rocky soils, and wind, Meadowrock maintains hygiene in wet, cold vintages. We only harvest what is ripe. In difficult years we go through the blocks up to four times during the season, selecting and harvesting just-ripe clusters. All of our fruit goes through sorting belts, where we sort cluster and berries. We ferment is small t-bins with an objective to extract the most without compromising the quality and the style. We then age the wine in French-oak barrels for up to 20 months. –Julian Gonzalez, Winemaker
RATINGS: 97 Tasting Panel, 93 Wine Enthusiast, 92 James Suckling