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Audax MMXIII Cabernet Sauvignon

TASTING NOTES: 95 Points -  Audax MMXIII Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine exhibits a lovely depth of red with hues of purple. The aromas are bright, ripe and forward, illustrating berry and black pepper with vanillin oak integration that contributes a cedar quality, thanks to the extended period the wine spent in barrel. The palate is full and generous, dominated by ripe sweet berry and the same cedar oak maturation quality. The flavor is long and round, and finishes with firm, pleasant tannin as a wine of such structure should. We can expect this blend to age gracefully.

* “Audax”, meaning “Bold” in Latin, is Calla Lily’s barrel-selection reserve wine made as a tribute to the pioneers of Napa Valley, many of whom settled in Pope Valley, by our fourth-generation winemaker Cary Gott.

Calla Lily is the latest project from one of Napa’s most revered and renowned winemaker, Cary Gott.  Cary founded Calla Lily with a small group of businessmen from Hong Kong and chose a vineyard in Pope Valley for this artisanal, low-production venture.

“Pope Valley is a hidden gem in Napa Valley”, according to Cary.  “Situated on the eastern side of Howell Mountain and at an elevation of over 800 feet, it is cooler than the Valley floor and produces small, intensely-flavored grapes with finely structured tannins and complex aromatics.  We practice cold soak fermentation which ensures a gentler extraction of tannins and flavors.”

An elegant portfolio of wines is produced around the imagery of the calla lily, a flower of enormous beauty and refinement—attributes which the winery’s wines strive to express.

The 20-acre estate vineyard consists of 12 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 acres of Petite Sirah and 1 acre each of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot.  It is divided into micro lots for optimal monitoring and quality control.  The first vines were planted in 1995 and the vineyard also boasts a small plot of pre-phylloxera vines.

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