Matthiasson Dead Fred Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

$229.00 $215.00 inc. GST

Case of 6+ bottles: $195.00/bottle
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95/100 – James Suckling (2018 vintage)

Tasting Note: A single vineyard wine should have its own story to tell, a unique personality, and an innate balance and completeness. The Dead Fred Vineyard fits this bill. Planted in 2001 by our dear friends Lisa Cort and David Goldman, we leased it in 2012 and started farming it ourselves, using organic practices to bring out the best from the special soil. The Dead Fred Vineyard is a core component of our Napa Valley Cabernet blend, but for our single vineyard offering we select a small amount of the wine (we harvest multiple times so have different lots to choose from) that we feel best describes the terroir. This wine always has signature black fruits and graphite, very full, yet light and mineral (“weight without heaviness”). This special wine will develop for many years.

Winemaking Notes: The fruit was fermented at low temperatures in small, open-top tanks and punched down by hand one to three times per day, depending on how the wine tasted during the fermentation. Elevage was for 32 months in large format demi-muid barrels made by Atalier from French Oak. The pH is 3.78, TA is 5.37, and alcohol is 13.5%. 91 cases produced.

Vineyard Notes:  The Dead Fred Vineyard in Coombsville sits on a rocky volcanic knolltop, with soil derived from volcanic ash with lots of rocks made from rylolite (compressed volcanic ash). Its south-western exposure causes the soil to pick up heat during the day, but the proximity to the mouth of the Napa Valley with its morning fog and afternoon sea breezes keeps the air cool. This combination of warm volcanic soil and cool marine air creates fruit that is uncommonly structured and ripe, yet fresh and minerally.

Certification: Organic

Alcohol: 13.5%

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Coombsville, Rutherford and Oak Knoll AVAs, Napa, California

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