2016 Heimark Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Manager, Michael Wolf
The deep layers of fractured shale have formed a rough and well-drained soil for the vines, which require little water in spite of the elevation of 1100 feet. The resilient vines strive like native plants, seeking water through fractured layers of volcanic rock and graphite. This results in intensely flavored wines with fine tannins, which develop profound complexity with age. The planted vineyard footprint consists of only fourteen acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes and one acre of Petit Verdot. Multiple Cabernet Sauvignon clone and rootstock combinations give precision and nuance to the farming of these small blocks.
Winemaker, Francoise Peschon
Ours is an extremely resilient hillside vineyard planted on an ancient landslide. Located on the northeast side of Napa Valley, the vineyard is tucked away from view, hidden among the hillside’s many folds. The deep layers of fractured shale have formed a rough and well-drained soil for the vines, which require little water in spite of the elevation of 1100 feet. Several Cabernet Sauvignon clone and rootstock combinations give precision and nuance to the farming of individual vineyard blocks.
The 2016 growing season captivated us. There was enough winter rain to replenish the vineyard following years of drought and enough sunshine to ensure the development of the fruit’s rich and exultant flavors. We harvested pristine grapes on September 20th, excited about the beauty of our inaugural vintage. After 22 days of fermentation, the wine was aged in French Oak barrels for 20 months before bottling.
The 2016 Heimark Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent of wild herbs, plums, cloves and star anise. Rich flavors of black cherries, chocolate and thyme are supported by the wine’s classical structure and fine grained tannins, resulting in a dense, inviting wine with great energy and lift. The lengthy finish adds seductive notes of cocoa powder, blackberry and slate.
The wine is delicious now with decanting and is beautifully proportioned to reward aging for 10- 20 years.