A high-toned and fragrant Cabernet Sauvignon. Red-fruited with complexity and a long, structured finish.
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Phoenix Vineyard
Location: Napa, CA
Production: 98 cases
The rock content and sea minerals of these soils create unique wines with high-toned red fruits, perfumed and exotic, with a lightness in the mid-palate yet a long, firm and structured finish.
Fruit was fermented at low temperatures in small, open-top tanks and punched down by hand one to three times per day. The wine was aged 20 months in 30% new French oak and 70% older French oak barrels.
Phoenix Vineyard was planted in 1982 using old heritage field selections of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, and was tended by the same family the entire time. When Matthiasson took over, they converted to Organic farming, planted new vines where some of the old vines had given up, and focused on rejuvenating the old vines with compost and pruning. The steep hillside and narrow rows require most work to be done by hand. The East-facing steep hillside Phoenix Vineyard sits on a ridge of ancient marine shale soils. The rock content and sea minerals of these soils create unique wines.