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Our debut vintage from Bear Track Vineyard delivers a wine perfumed with elegant rose petal, blueberry, blackberry and black cassis notes. On the palate, the same elegant floral and fruit notes are found, in tandem with savory elements such as sage and black olive tapenade. This spectacular hillside wine is certain to age with grace over the next several years.
Clay loam soil from Bear Track Vineyard
Oakville, Napa Valley
1989 and 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon clone 7 on three rootstocks:
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
Situated at the toe of an alluvial fan that extends from the western Mayacamas range, the vineyard is comprised of fluvial river deposits and clay loam soil from the Bale soil series, which are developed on alluvial fans and flood plains.
Bear Track Vineyard is planted in three terraced blocks on the eastern hillsides of Napa Valley, just outside of the Howell Mountain AVA. The cool climate and iron-rich, volcanic ash soils result in small, tight clusters of concentrated fruit. Ample hang time before harvest yields a Cabernet Sauvignon with intense, dark fruit flavors and integrated tannins.
September 29, 2017
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
16 months in French oak
The year began with a cold and much-needed wet winter, followed by a mild spring. April showers following budbreak resulted in hearty vine growth that only accelerated with the summer sun. The vineyards enjoyed a brief cooling period in August before a final heat spike over Labor Day weekend. The cool weather that immediately followed gave our fruit additional hang-time on the vine continuing phenolic development.