2019 Cabernet Sauvignon | Sugarloaf Vineyard
Napa Valley

VINEYARD   From Block 6, an acre of fiercely steep, ferociously rocky hillside, located in Napa’s far south-eastern foothills, deeply affected by the cooling influences of San Pablo Bay. One of the latest harvests in all of Napa Valley each vintage.
PRODUCTION   175 cases
VARIETAL   100% Cabernet Sauvignon. 100% Clone 337
CRUSH   Hand-harvested at first light on October 26th. 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.  14 days on skins.
AGING   22 months in new French oak. Never racked prior to bottling.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
VINTAGE NOTES   Mother Nature was kind to this site in 2019, being our most bountiful year here ever. With perfect set, and vines displaying great health, this normally stingy hillside delivered superlative quality, without restraint of yield. After a slow start in the Spring, 2019’s particularly warm September and October played beautifully to the vineyard’s strengths, and delivered a classic Halloween-time harvest.
WINEMAKER NOTES   Sugarloaf’s terroir continues to impress with its expression of classically-styled Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons — impeccably pure black and red fruit character; broad, rich, perfectly ripe tannins; classic Napa Valley notes of cigar leaf, eucalyptus, and freshly-tilled earth; and definitive complexities of clove, all-spice and bay leaf. Having assessed past vintages with a few years of age, we have come to greatly value the significant reward Sugarloaf delivers after a few years in the cellar. Aging is strongly recommended…if you have the discipline to keep your hands off in the meantime.