The Chop Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Deep garnet color and rich hue.  The nose is complex and shows layers of fruit flavors.  Blueberry, rich plum and red currant notes are apparent.  Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic richness.  The texture is supple to show off the 2016 vintage.  The tannins are lush with long palate texture.  This wine is grown entirely on Napa Valley's famous Rutherford Bench.  This wine will continue to award the most discriminating drinkers.

Tasting notes

Deep garnet color and rich hue.  The nose is complex and shows layers of fruit flavors.  Blueberry, rich plum and red currant notes are apparent.  Soft notes of vanilla and toast provide aromatic richness.  The texture is supple to show off the 2016 vintage.  The tannins are lush with long palate texture.  This wine is grown entirely on Napa Valley's famous Rutherford Bench.  This wine will continue to award the most discriminating drinkers.

Vineyards

Vineyards range from cool mountainside sites in south Napa Valley and to our ranches in Oakville and St. Helena and further north.  We hand tend all vines in each individual vineyard block.  Napa Valley has more diversity in soil composition than all of France.

Harvest Information

Late September 2016.  Grapes were harvested at an average of 25.7°Brix.

Winemaking

All our fruit is hand sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless steel tanks with no crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations between 85-90°F, and moderate pumpovers (twice each day or less). Total skin contact ranged from 19-34 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for malolactic fermentation (ML).  Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel.  Native yeast and ML used with only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates.

Varietal Composition

100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  100% Rutherford Bench.

Cooperate & Aging

100% new barrels; 100% French oak.  Total time in barrel: 24 months.

Bottling & Production

September 2018. 25 cases produced, 1 barrel.

Technical Information
  • pH: 3.52
  • TA: 6.6 g/L
  • Alcohol: 14.1%
 
Release Date

Early 2021

Scores

96+ points - The Wine Advocate

96+ points - James Suckling

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