Varietal: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon; 10% Merlot; 3% Petit Verdot; 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Howell Mountain
Production: 100 cases
Introduction: The 2020 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon is coming from a small vineyard situated within 1400 feet elevation, above the famous Napa Valley fog – growing conditions are cooler and windier, although night- time temperatures are warmer, and the grapes often ripen ahead of those on the valley floor. A touch of Merlot, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc, to balance the rich dark fruit and massive tannins of our 2020 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, adding a vibrancy to its lush mouthfeel and long finish and lingering acidity.
Winemaking: The grapes were handpicked at the beginning of October, 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 18 days and punched down 3 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 26 months in 100% French barrels with 40% new oak to preserve the delicate notes and mouthfeel. Only 5 barrels produced.
Tasting Notes: Big and intense the 2020 Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, exhibiting aromas of black cherries, plums and wild blueberries, dark chocolate with splash of spices. A hint of wild forest and French vanilla beans combined with balancing acidity and well-integrated oak that create this rich full-bodied and elegant Kukeri Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes a perfect accompaniment to any grilled meats and veggies.
This wine it is a superb candidate for cellaring and should mature well over the next 10 years.
Enjoy with family and friends!