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Calla Lily Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon
TASTING NOTES: 92 Points - Calla Lily Ultimate Red Cabernet Sauvignon
The opening aromatics have notes of brambles, roast meat and toast, which continue into the palate, complemented by dark fruits. Tannins are seamless, integrated into the long and refined mouth feel. This is a delicious Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, inky, sophisticated and hedonistic.
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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