ARGOT 2017 Starstruck Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
VINEYARD Sourced from two mid-valley sites in the eastern climes of Napa Valley
PRODUCTION 150 cases
VARIETAL 90% Cabernet Sauvignon / 10% Merlot
CRUSH hand-harvested at first light to protect fruit integrity on 9/12, 9/26 and 10/7. Cluster sorted, destemmed, berry sorted by hand, fully crushed.
FERMENT 7-day cold soaks. 8-12-day fermentations in open-top tank. Careful tannin management through gentle daily pumpovers and punchdowns, before pressing to finish fermentation in barrel.
AGING 20 months in French oak, 70% new. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
NOTES A dense, darkly fruited Cabernet Sauvignon that proves nearly impenetrable by light. Predominantly grown in the eastern hillsides of Napa Valley that rise above Rutherford, no sip of this wine comes up short on swagger. The wine’s brawny structure effortlessly carries the massive, saturated palate of deep, black fruits and pine-forest accents, barely revealing itself while travelling across the palate. Provide this wine a healthy decant in its youth, before diving into its endlessly deep waters.