Bright, clear black cherry and blackberry aromas, accented by notes of toasty spice, open onto a palate layered with flavors of mixed berries, spice and earth. Elegant and balanced, with a rich backbone of oak, this concentrated vintage possesses the tremendous length, the layered flavor profile and incredible depth that we’ve come to associate with this and other west Oakville vineyards.
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-and-a-half 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.
September 19 – 29, 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months in French oak
The growing season kicked off in February with budbreak and an early bloom in April, which is about ten days earlier than normal. Yields were extremely small this year, and the lighter fruit load ripened quickly during the moderate summer months and early September heat. We harvested our first block on September 19, the earliest on record for this vineyard. We allowed our older block to hang on the vine a bit longer to ensure proper tannin maturity.