The 2017 vintage marks our 42nd growing season in the Napa Valley. The 2017 growing season began with welcomed rainfall that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, causing an end to the drought that had persisted throughout the Napa Valley for years. Favorable Spring conditions lead to healthy cluster development, complemented by warm afternoons and cool evenings throughout the early summer months. The modest crop handled the consistent weather patterns beautifully, including achieving optimal ripeness and a mid-October harvest.
In the vineyard, the 2017 vintage maintained incredible consistency and uniformity within the vineyard block, and the healthy canopies provided ample protection and dappled sunlight to allow for gradual development. Flavor and phenological development were in lockstep, which allowed for ideal harvest conditions.
Vineyard Source: Marston Family Vineyard, Spring Mountain District AVA, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Harvest Date: October 6th through October 17th 2017
Vinification: 60% Stainless Steel and 40% Barrel fermentation; 100% French Oak Aging for 20 months
Production: 42 Cases Bottled on April 11th, 2019
“A beautiful bouquet of black raspberry, pomegranate, rose hips, violets, and hints of cloves. The wild blackberry front leads to a broad mouth of cassis, black raspberry, blueberry and hints of fresh tea leaf. The layers of complexity in the mid-palate are enhanced by young, elegant tannins and a hint of oak to deliver a profound finish of exceptional length.” ~ Marbue Marke