The elegantly balanced 2012 Branding Iron Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry and raspberry fruits mixed with toasty cedar from the oak. These lush, ripe flavors carry through on the palate with hints of green olive and dried herb. The juiciness from the fruit continues through to a lingering finish on soft, coating tannins. This is a wine that can be easily be enjoyed upon release, but will also age beautifully with time in the bottle.
Perkins soil series from Branding Iron Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on the 3309C rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This vineyard is planted on a large alluvial fan that extends from the Mayacamas Mountains, across the Branding Iron Vineyard, into Harris Vineyard, and reaches all the way to the western edge of the Rock Cairn Vineyard. The vineyard is composed of well-drained clay loam from the Perkins soil series that is formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock.
Named for the branding iron owned by the proprietor, the eight-acre Branding Iron Vineyard lies in western Oakville close to the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard is comprised of well-drained clay loam and the vines are vertically trellised to maximize sunlight and open the canopy. The area’s warm climate and sun exposure in both the morning and afternoon are perfect for slowly ripening the fruit, which often benefits from a long hang time.
October 20 – 21, 2012
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 – 20 days
18 months in French oak
An ideal 2012 growing season with warm days and cool, foggy nights offered the perfect conditions for fruit and tannin maturity. There were no heat spikes this year, so flavor development was at its peak. Bloom and veraison occurred 10 days ahead of last year, and the crews pulled leaves around the fruit to give them adequate exposure. This vineyard ripens slowly, so we harvested in mid- October. This allowed for long hang time, which provided good flavor and tannin development.