Rivers-Marie Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
|California, Napa Valley
The composition of our 2017 Napa appellation wine is a skinnier version of the 2016: clone 4 from Panek, a small upper block of Lore and two blocks from Kennedy Vineyard on Franz Valley School Road in Calistoga. Kennedy was good enough to bottle on its own but with our future there lacking certainty, it made sense to drop it into the Napa. Once again, this bottling gives good insight into how the upvalley fared in 2017. By combining Oakville, St. Helena and Calistoga, we also were able to feature earlier ripening AVAs that are more accustomed to handling the intense heat of Napa's summer. These two attributes proved to be the perfect combo in this vintage. The wine comes across as more savory than sweet showing notes of gravel, graphite, crushed rock, sage and black fruits. There's good extract to the wine which gives it a bone dry quality. The barrel program is nicely integrated and sweet oak tannin helps give the wine some generosity.