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Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill 2012

Cakebread Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Vine Hill 2012

Sku: 042945

Each of the four distinctive vineyard blocks that produce this wine, located in the gently sloping western benchlands in the Oakville AVA, is planted with a different clone. Grapes are hand harvested at night, then each lot is separately fermented and barrel aged before blending to forge a uniquely complex and harmonious wine. After the grapes were crushed, they underwent a two-day cold soak, followed by a stainless steel fermentation with a cultured French yeast strain to enhance texture, depth and intensity. The wines then underwent a three-week maceration before maturing for 22 months in French oak barrels (48% new).

Tasting notes
Fresh, high-toned aromas of blackberry, fig, floral spice, earth, flint and cocoa introduce intense, focused black fruit flavors and dark chocolate tones, bright acidity and full body.

Wine maker notes
The Cakebread Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 offers a multifaceted bouquet of wonderfully bright, deeply concentrated black fruits – wild blackberry, black cherry and dark plum – complemented by fascinating dusty earth, cocoa, flint, mineral and toasty oak scents. On the full-bodied, seamlessly integrated palate, the wine’s intense and beautifully focused blackberry, cassis, dark cherry, plum and dark chocolate flavors gain a refreshing lift of acidity in the long, persistent finish. With great reserves of fruit, flawless structure, supple, beautifully integrated tannins and a distinctive personality derived from the unique attributes of Vine Hill Ranch, this stunning Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, from a great vintage, will age beautifully in bottle for a decade or more, although it drinks deliciously now.

Food pairing
Excellent with rich red meats, oxtail stew and venison.

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