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Our 2016 Dragonfly Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with gorgeous aromas of raspberry, cherry and Santa Rosa plum fused with elegant floral notes of violets that immediately dance out of the glass. The palate begins with abundant juicy fruit flavors that are well-layered and silky as hints of baking spices add further richness. Providing a full-mouth feel, this wine transitions to a finish with wonderful persistence.
Perkins & Kidd soil series from Dragonfly Vineyard
St. Helena, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on four rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
The soil in this vineyard is rocky with gravelly loams and clay, and is composed of two soil series. The Perkins soil series are well-drained soils that are formed from alluvial fans depositing eroded igneous rock. The Kidd soil series are also well-drained, and form when rhyolite is weathered.
The diminutive, four-acre Dragonfly Vineyard is located in St. Helena at the base of Spring Mountain. Old timers know this magical place as a “banana belt” microclimate, as its ideal summer temperatures allow the vines to develop their notable ripe and jammy fruit. The vines benefit from the site’s deep, gravelly loam soils and gentle southern exposure, and the vineyard is one of the first to be harvested each year.
September 24, 2016
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
17 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.