2015 AD VIVUM Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Yountville Appellation
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Single-Vineyard: Ad Vivum Cabernet Sauvignon is made from one small micro-block of vines at Sleeping Lady Vineyard, in Yountville, Napa Valley. The vines are located at the vineyard’s uppermost western perimeter along the Mayacamas Mountains. Row orientation is southwest-northeast. The vineyard is sustainably and meticulously farmed by the Bettinelli family.
Soil: The soil profile shows Keefers dark gravelly-sandy clay loam of alluvial origin.
Winemaking: Following de-stemming, berries were sorted optically, then by hand. The must was cold-soaked for 5 days and allowed to ferment slowly, over 30 days - 65% in stainless, 35% in new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in 70% new French oak for 16 months prior to bottling.
Growing Season: 2015 is the earliest Ad Vivum harvest on record, and was reminiscent of the 1987 season, which was also a couple of weeks early and marked by low yields. While Sleeping Lady escaped the significant shatter that lowered the yield in many Napa vineyards, the clusters were small and the berries were much smaller than usual. We harvested during a brief window between two 100-degree temperature events, when nighttime temperatures dipped down to 50 degrees. Not surprisingly, small clusters and lightweight berries led to an unprecedented level of concentration in the initial juice and resulting wine.
Harvest: September 25, 2015
Bottling: July 2017
Bottled Volume: 2,100 bottles (750mL), 24 etched magnums (1.5L), 1 etched Solomon (18L)
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