2014 AD VIVUM Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Sleeping Lady Vineyard, Yountville Appellation 

Composition:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Clone 191

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:   The fruit was hand-sorted twice: once in the vineyard, and again at the winery, where it was gently de-stemmed. The must was cold-soaked for 6.5 days at 50°F prior to the onset of fermentation. Following 30 days of maceration on the skins, the free-run wine was aged 18 months in 65% new French oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Growing Season:   In 2014, the 2nd year of a significant drought, budbreak was slightly early, and moderate temperatures helped preserve moisture. July was cooler than normal, which slowed sugar accumulation, enabling us to harvest at moderate physical ripeness (Brix), yet at what we determined to be ideal phenolic maturity. We picked a week earlier than normal, but several days later than in 2013.

Harvest:  8 October

Bottling:   June 2016

Volume Produced:   3,036 bottles, packed in wood boxes (3x750mL)  
                                 48 etched magnums (1.5L), 1 etched Solomon (18L)

   

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"I focus on ripe, velvety, voluptuous, silky tannins, and everything else seems to fall into place. The consistently ripe tannins delivered by Sleeping Lady Cabernet make Ad Vivum possible." 
-Chris Phelps