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Banshee Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

From the winemaker:

The 2013 vintage was like a sister to the previous year. A temperate spring led to a nice healthy set. Copious amounts of sunshine and a long, warm September and October led to optimal ripeness levels with little inclement weather driving the decision making process. The clusters were all very clean and of high integrity.

In this vintage we jettisoned many of our blending components into the Mordecai blend and let the Cabernet speak more directly. The lone blending component was a parcel of Cabernet Franc from Howell Mountain that added both aroma and an herbal undercurrent.

The resulting wine is like a bridge between the styles of yesterday's Napa Valley and today. The aroma spectrum is one of dark blackberry, clove and mocha. The flavors are well delineated and comprised of dark cherry, plums, blackberry, sage, mineral and touch of cocoa.

Varietals: 95% Cabernet Sauvignon {Calistoga, Howell Mountain}
5% Cabernet Franc {Howell Mountain}

Fermentation: Primary fermentation over a period of 18 days with an additional 4 days of extended maceration. It was then pressed and placed in barrel where malolactic fermentation occurred naturally.

Aging: 19 months aging in French oak, 65% of which was new

Cooperage: Demptos, Taransaud, and Gamba

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Category: 2013, California

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