ARGOT 2016 Starstruck Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley


VINEYARD   Sourced from four Napa Valley vineyards — Suscol Ranch’s orange, iron-laden soils; the ferociously steep; Sugarloaf West’s west-facing hillside; Sugarloaf East’s south-facing, ferociously rocky “soils”; Sage Ridge’s geographically dramatic ridgetop vineyard in far-eastern Napa .
PRODUCTION   350 cases
VARIETAL   90% Cabernet Sauvignon — Clone 8 (Suscol Ranch),  Clone 337 (Sugarloafs), Clone 15 (Sage Ridge); 10% Merlot (Sage Ridge)
CRUSH   Hand-harvested at night, to protect fruit integrity — Sage Ridge, 9/12, 9/26; Sugarloafs and Suscol, 10/13.  Cluster sorted, destemmed, berry sorted by hand, fully crushed.
FERMENT   7-day cold soaks, an average of 20 days skin contact.  Individual vineyards raised separately, blended shortly before bottling.
AGING   20 months in French oak, 80% new.  Suscol Ranch barrels racked once at twelve months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
NOTES   Sourcing from vineyards scattered throughout Napa Valley’s spectrum of terroirs, this wine arrives in the glass with a great complexity of personality.   Remaining true to last vintage’s bottling, 2016’s Starstruck pours a vibrant purple, offering vibrant aromatics, regal structure and great freshness.  Where this bottling has evolved, is by way of Sage Ridge’s warmer, up-valley, higher elevation, red-fruited power, which bolsters the dark blue/purple, cool-fruited character of the other three, cooler-climate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards.  Further, the addition of Merlot has added a wonderful juiciness in both flavor and structure.