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An intriguing assortment of herbal notes (ranging from watermelon rind to black olive) and dark ripe fruit (boysenberry, cherry, plum) contribute to a continuously evolving experience when consuming the 2016 Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the wine enters with a vibrant acidity and purity of fruit, giving way to very structured tannins and toasty oak.
Aiken soil series sample from Beatty Ranch
Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Clone 7 on 119R rootstock and clones 169, 191 and 337 on 101-14 rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Beatty Ranch is comprised of rocky, red soils from the Aiken series and has a northern and southern exposure.
Located atop Howell Mountain, Beatty Ranch typically gets to enjoy the warmth of the sun when summer fog lines the valley floor. While the fruit ripens easily, we must wait for mature tannins to emerge. The red, rocky soils are ideal to produce moderate-sized vines, and this vineyard is comprised of four different clones that each provide a unique flavor profile to the overall wine.
October 12, 2016
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months in French oak
The 2016 growing season proceeded as usual for Napa Valley with a nice spring that led to a warm summer. Budbreak was about five days later than last year and this trend continued throughout the season. Slightly cooler weather in May lengthened the bloom window but warm summer days in June and July helped the vines catch up to normal. The crop looked good with clusters that had a nice leaf coverage allowing for speckled light. August brought both cool and hot weather, so we kept a close eye on each block.