Varietal: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon; 6.4% Merlot; 1.4% Cabernet Franc; 0.7% Petite Sirah; 0.3% Petit Verdot; 0.2% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley
Production: 270 cases
Awards: Gold Medal Winner from 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition; Gold Medal Winner from 2018 International Women’s Wine Competition
Introduction: The 2016 Kukeri Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from some of the best Cabernet growing regions in Napa Valley, including the Meadowcroft Mount Veeder vineyard, located within 1200 feet elevation, and another well know vineyard situated on the western edge of St. Helena at the foot of the Mayacamas mountains, and a Rutherford vineyard located just north of Oakville and bordering the Silverado Trail. A touch of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot and Malbec balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2016 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and lingering dry finish and good acidity.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the end of September, sorted and de-stemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 3 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 12 days and punched down 2 times a day, with an additional 2 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. The wine is then gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 20 months in mixture of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels with 40% new French oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel
Tasting Notes: Bold and balanced the 2016 Kukeri Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of dark fruit, cassis, pepper, and smokiness accented with spice notes. A hint of mountain forest, light cedary oak and dusty baking cocoa combine these aromatics to create this rich full-bodied Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meat dishes.
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