|Appellation||76% Crystal Springs Vineyard, 16% Hershey Vineyard, 8% Lotus Vineyard|
|Oak Treatment||74% new French oak|
|Total Varietal Composition %||93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot|
2015 ONDA NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
The 2015 vintage produced excellent fruit quality. Our vineyards received slightly less than average rainfall, but compared to the previous years of drought conditions the vines started the growing season with ample water in the soil. The winter and spring were among the warmest on record, and pushed bud-break 2-3 weeks ahead of 2013 and 2014 setting up for an early harvest. The warm dry spring led to less vine growth with shorter than average shoots. However, the much smaller than average crop with small berries and loose clusters created balanced vines. The warm spring gave way to a summer that was hot and dry, causing some challenges with numerous heat spells that lasted multiple days. The small vine canopies and our dedication to minimal irrigation over the last decade paid dividends in 2015 with exceptional fruit integrity even after prolonged 100F+ days with extremely low humidity. This gave us the flexibility to harvest based on flavor not desiccation level. The vintage will be remembered as an early, low yielding, hot vintage, with focused intense wines of defining quality.
Harvest and Aging
Our Crystal Springs vineyard comprises the backbone of this blend. The early start to the season also made for our earliest start to harvest. Starting on September 8th we harvested Crystal Spring over 3 days. Lotus was picked next on September 12th followed a week later by our earliest block at Hershey. Smaller vines and our commitment to minimal irrigation over the past decade produced intensely flavored fruit with minimal dehydration. The blend was fermented in a majority of concrete tanks. The remaining portion was fermented in approximately equal parts oak upright tanks, stainless steel tanks and 225L French oak barrels. The wines were pressed directly to barrels, and malolactic was native.
Aromas of fresh black cherry and plum, layered with dark chocolate, lavender, baking spice, and crushed rock. The palate is silky with ripe fruit all framed by precise tannins. Sourced primarily from hillside vineyards the wine is structured and full bodied, but with exquisite balance of intense flavors of cassis, violets and herbs, creamy texture and freshness. Small amounts of Merlot and Petit Verdot bring depth and nuance. While inviting now, this wine will grow in complexity as flavors marry with time. Enjoy now through 2025 and beyond.
76% Crystal Springs Vineyard 16% Hershey Vineyard 8% Lotus Vineyard
Blend: 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
Titratable Acidity: 5.6 g/l Aging: 19 months in 74% new French oak
Barrel Coopers: Taransaud, Demptos, Ermitage, Baron, Darnajou, Artisan
Bottling Date: May 23, 2017
Forests: Allier, Center of France, Troncais, & Vosge Production: 1278 cases