Our 16th Vintage of Arns Estate Grown Cabernet came into this world with a big bang! The growing season began with a variety of weather patterns including the longest frost season since 1973. Following the low rainfall season of 2007 (20”), the 2008 vintage experienced dry weather conditions but ultimately produced intense, small, high quality berries. We discovered it was advantageous to go into this second dry growing season because the vines were less vigorous and were forced to put more energy into the fruit. These arid conditions are a testament to the quality found in this 2008.
Winemaker’s Notes: A black, inky wine very rich in varietal character with bright overtones of tobacco, cedar, mocha/ dusty chocolate, dark Bing Cherries, sumac, leather and zesty black pepper. Well integrated with a beefy-masculine structure and an expansive mouth feel, it blossoms into a bed of tight knit but elegant tannins.
Winemaker: Sandi Belcher
Vineyard: Arns Estate Single Vineyard
Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Barrel Aging: 2+ years. In 80% New French Oak
Bottle Date: 10 September, 2010
Production: 300 cases 750ml./1.5L 16 Bottles
Age: 12 – 15 years
Alcohol: 14.5% by Volume