2021 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa ValleySteady State
The 2021 growing season at our Oak Knoll vineyard was one of the driest on record, yet rainfall in late winter and early spring helped build good soil moisture. Budbreak was late and staved off the risk of frost, and consistently warm, dry summer weather led to modestly sized canopies and lower than average per-vine yields. Cluster sizes and berry weights were therefore small, which translated into very concentrated color and flavors when we hand-harvested our Cabernet Sauvignon in the very early morning hours of September 30th.
After gentle destemming and sorting, the must transferred to stainless steel tanks for inoculation with select French yeast. Total maceration time on skins was 20 days, at which point we drained the free run into French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation and ageing. The 2019 Steady State was aged exclusively in French oak barrels, 50% of which were new.
- Blend100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- AppellationNapa Valley