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An intriguing assortment of herbal notes (ranging from watermelon rind to black olive) and dark ripe fruits like boysenberry, cherry and plum contribute to a dynamic expression of flavors in the 2017 Beatty Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine enters the palate with a vibrant acidity and purity of fruit, giving way to structured tannins and underpinnings of 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 for producing 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, 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.