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Neal Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

TASTING NOTES: Neal Family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - Small Lot Production

This powerful 100% Cabernet expresses its mountain heritage with massive structure that includes ripe black fruit, very deep color and firm structure, accented by the valley floor characteristics of berry fruit and good acidity.  What an elongated finish that lingers on the tongue! The long curve of aromas starts with blackberry, cassis, and cherry, and continues with vanilla oak and black licorice. The initial mouthfeel is intense but very velvety, with a sweetness provided by the concentrated fruit. Black cherry, cedar, spice and a hint of leather are carried to the complex finish with a rewarding balance of acid and tannin. We came back to the same bottle the next day and it expressed its longevity showing off more complexity and improved texture: please consider decanting this young wine at its youth. Cellaring for at least another 10 years will bring further rewards.
Harvest Information:
Harvest Dates: September 20 to October 14, 2014
Vineyard Locations: St. Helena (26%), Howell Mountain (52%) and Rutherford (22%)
6 clone blend
Barrel Aged 20 Months                                               
50% New French Oak                                               
Bottled July 8, 2016
Cases Produced: 3,236
Technical Data:
100% Napa Valley
100% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Organically Grown Grapes
Alcohol:  14.5%
pH: 3.71
TA: 5.9 g/L

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