Varietal: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon; 4% Petit Verdot; 4% Merlot; 2% Petite Sirah; 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Production: 60 cases
Introduction: The unique terroir of the Howell Mountain produces wines that are typically very powerful and intense in structure. The grapes for our signature 2017 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon comes from one of the highest-elevated vineyards in Napa Valley located on Howell Mountain with over 2000-foot elevation. The mountain’s well-drained and rocky volcanic soils and moderate climate is perfect for growing full-bodied and concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the end of September, sorted and crushed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 4 days to help stabilize the color and enhance flavor. It was fermented for 14 days and punched down 3 times a day, additional 3 days extended maceration to increase extraction of color and phenolic compounds. Gently pressed and aged on fine lees for 22 months in 100% French oak barrels to preserve the delicate notes and mouth feel. This powerful Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon should mature well over the next 10 years. We are so lucky to get a little fruit in 2017 to make something special and rare. Only 2 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: True to the Howell Mountian appellation, our 2017 Kukeri Cabernet Sauvignon exhibit dark concentrated fruit flavors of black cherries and plum and well-integrated fine-grained tannins with excellent mountain acidity. Big, bold, and ultra-ripe on the attack, packed with small black fruit preserves and blueberry, doused with crème de cassis. A hint of mountain forest, cedar and rich vanilla French oak flavors also combine these aromatics to create this massively rich full-bodied mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine it is a superb candidate for cellaring and should mature well over the next 10 years.
Enjoy with family and friends!