The 2017 Kenefick Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with rich cherry, blueberry and plum fruit flavors. Subtle mineral notes support the fruit, along with a vibrant natural acidity. Supple and round tannins carry through to a luxurious finish, while excellent texture and structure promise a wine that will be enjoyed for many years to come.
Cortina loam from Kenefick Ranch
Calistoga, Napa Valley
Cabernet Sauvignon See clone on 5C rootstock
Vertical shoot positioning (VSP)
This vineyard is located on rolling hills with well drained and rocky loam. The volcanic bedrock and sediments that comprise the Calistoga AVA allow for reduced green growth and promote deep, concentrated flavors within the berries.
Planted on well-drained, alluvial soils at the base of Calistoga’s Eastern hills, Kenefick Ranch produces vines of moderate vigor that yield loose clusters with small, concentrated berries. The loamy soil, western exposure and the warmer upper valley climate of this westward-facing vineyard helps us achieve optimal phenolic ripeness. The resulting wines consistently offer a mouthwatering combination of boysenberry and black cherry aromas with fresh fruit flavors that expand and coat the palate, along with density, layers of texture and a juicy finish.
September 22-23, 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.