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2016 Sojourn Cabernet Sauvignon
2016 Sojourn Cabernet Sauvignon

Sojourn
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
, Napa Valley
Oakville Vineyard

94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
92 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
92 Points - International Wine Report
92 Points - California Grapevine

Deep garnet-purple color and leaps from the glass with exuberant blueberry pie, Black Forest cake and stewed plums noted plus hints of forest floor, menthol and potpourri.  Medium to full-bodied, with good structure, power and depth.  The palate reveals harmonious fruit preserves and a velvety texture interplay with background freshness and a lovely fragrant finish.

The finish is long and harmonious, with rich fruit flavors lingering extensively. Will drink great for 10-15 years.

Winemaking
The vintage ofered smaller berries that achieved optimal tannin maturity in the vineyard resulting in both power and elegance. After three weeks or maceration, these wine lots had achieved optimal extraction and were gently pressed. The Oakville Cabernet was aged in Darnajou and Taransaud barrels, which framed the elegant flavors and allowed the young wine to develop harmoniously. After 20 months in barrel, the wines were racked and bottled unfined and unfiltered, showcasing the classic dark fruit and richness of Oakville.

Oakville Vineyard, Napa Valley
Sitting at 1,000 to 1,400 feet above sea level with a westward aspect overlooking Napa Valley, the vineyard was replanted in 2006 by esteemed organic viticulturist Phil Coturri, and is fast gaining a reputation for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley. The vines are trained meticulously to a 2-cane VSP system. Each shoot is positioned by hand and thinned to one cluster per shoot, providing maximum concentration and flavor. Clusters are small and loose with tiny berries, which have excellent color and flavors at harvest. The rocky clay, loam and basalt soils have a heavy iron influence providing structure, power and depth.

Vintage
In 2016, California experienced a fifth year of severe drought conditions. The vintage was yet another standout for Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, with an intensity of flavor and depth of concentration that harnessed the full potential of the renowned Oakville AVA. Moderate summer temperatures allowed sugar levels and flavor development to progress slowly and evenly. A few brief heat spikes gave way to a cooler than normal August, allowing for longer hang times without rapid sugar accumulation.

Analysis
Appellation: Napa Valley
Vineyard:  Oakville Vineyard
Varietal Composition:  100% berry-sorted Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation:  Open-top fermentation, Native yeast
Aging:  75% New French Oak
pH:  3.65 TA: 6.2 g/L
Bottled unfined and unfiltered June 2018
Cases Produced: 1000
Alcohol:  14.5%

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