2019 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   85 cases
VARIETAL   100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Clones: 60% Clone 15, 40% Clone 7
CRUSH   Two harvests — both picks done by hand, at night — Clone 15 on September 30th, Clone 7 on October 11. Once in the winery, the grapes were fully de-stemmed, berry-by-berry hand sorted and completely crushed.
FERMENT   7-day cold soaks, followed by native fermentation in open-top vats, with 18 days on their skins.
AGING   22 months in new French oak. Never racked prior to bottling.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
VINTAGE NOTES   Unseasonably cool weather during flowering in 2019 significantly reduced yields in our Clone 7 block, while Clone 15 had its most bountiful year yet. With that our 2019 bottling is the first cuvee that tipped in favor of the robust, suavely structured, red-fruited Clone 15 selection. The results are so thrilling, we will continue to pursue this balance to the cuvee moving forward. A true knockout of a wine!
WINEMAKER NOTES  An incomparable expression of Cabernet Sauvignon — massively pure red fruit character, delivered on a ribbon of ultra-suave tannins and gorgeously seductive high tones. The palate never relents its come-hither posture. Aromatically, puts forth an intriguing botanical complexity that is unmistakably site-specific. As our experience with this one-of-a-kind terroir deepens, we remain endlessly excited for the potential of these unique ridgetop vineyards. Get your hands on a bottle and pull the cork…a wine built for immense near-term gratification.