ARGOT 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon | Sage Ridge Vineyard | Napa Valley

VINEYARD   A dramatic, ridgetop landscape — rising 1500 feet above Lake Hennessey, staring west over Pritchard Hill — persistently influenced by a push/pull draw between The Valley’s floor and Lake Berryessa. This wild, untamed, eastern frontier of Napa Valley, produces singular, terroir-driven wines of captivating beauty, power and lift.
PRODUCTION   215 cases
VARIETAL   100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones: 50% Clone 15, 50% Clone 7
CRUSH   Two harvests — both picks done by hand, at night — Clone 15 on September 24th, Clone 7 on October 12. Once in the winery, the grapes are fully de-stemmed, berry-by-berry hand sorted and completely crushed.
FERMENT   7-day cold soaks, followed by native fermentation in open-top vats.  Average time of 14 days on skins.
AGING   22 months in new French oak. Never racked prior to bottling.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
NOTES   Sage Ridge Vineyard delivers an incomparable expression of Cabernet Sauvignon — massively pure fruit character, delivered with impeccable finesse, and aromatically lifted by an unmistakably terroir-driven mélange of botanicals. In our second vintage of farming these ridgetops, the potential of Sage Ridge remains endlessly exciting, and has only just begun its reveal. During an era when it can feel as if every stone has been turned in Napa Valley, this terroir proves to be both fresh and of supreme quality.