2017 Cor Leonis Cabernet Sauvignon
As some may recall, a series of surprises unfolded during the 2017 growing season, among them, abundant winter rains, a Labor Day heat-spike, and unprecedented windstorms that spawned the rampage of Northern California’s wildfires starting on October 7th. While we have gratefully left behind the effects of this historic event; Mother Nature has reminded us of her good graces, i.e., that allowed us to harvest 90% of the crop before the fires hit. This fortuitous sequence permits us to present our remarkable twelfth Cor Leonis Cabernet release, a splendid example of how Mother Nature can transform miracles from calamity.
Deep dark-ruby in the glass, the wine’s olfactory greeting is marked by blackberry, black cherry, and notes of sweet cedar and cigar box. At the outset, the wine’s attack offers hints of black fruit, plum, clove and an earthy freshness. Aged twenty-two months in 42% new French Oak, the mid-palate entices with a sinewy structure marked by grainy tannins, and a deliberate acidity. Further accented with notes of sage, stone and toasted cardamom, the wine is coy and complex, arcing to a satisfying finish of length and resolve. Guardedly assertive, with an underlying vibrancy; the wine is a striking juxtaposition of strength, pluck and intrigue, … reminiscent of the immensely talented actress, Julia Garner, who in her Emmy-award winning role as Ruth Langmore in Ozark, is turning everyone’s head to see what comes next.
Vineyards: Our 2017 vintage demonstrates a remarkable range and complexity befitting its origins from a trifecta of Napa Valley’s most celebrated vineyard blocks. This richly expressive wine draws its prized fruit from Pritchard Hill, St. Helena, and Caldwell Vineyard’s legendary Block-15 – whose vines have flourished in the rocky, volcanic soils of the heralded Coombsville District for over 30 years.