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Region: Napa Valley, California
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Item no. 46095
The Carpenter Vineyard is located just east of the city of Napa, at the base of the Vaca mountain range in the Coombsville area. The soils are composed of deep, volcanic, gravelly loam, which drains well throughout the winter months. Cool growing conditions contribute heavily to the character of this wine. Fog hangs over the vineyard until mid-morning and prevailing winds from the bay move through in the afternoon. The summer days rarely reach extreme temperatures, so the vines enjoy nice, temperate conditions. These cooler conditions allow for slow ripening and long "hang time", which helps develop tannin maturity. This vineyard is one of the last to be harvested each year. Bold and impressive, this 100% Cabernet strikingly resembles hillside fruit, although the vineyard is fairly flat. The color is a beautiful shade of garnet with aromas of cassis, tea and herb. Currant, tobacco and dark chocolate aromas, coupled with sweet, toasty oak are uplifted by the firm, yet rich tannins that are evident from start to finish. This tight core of fruit surrounded by fleshy tannins is the signature of the vineyard. 539 Cases produced.