The 2012 Cabernet was sourced with fruit from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley -- Vine Hill Ranch in Oakville, Morisoli Vineyards in Rutherford, Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville, and Schoenstein Vineyard on the north end of St. Helena. Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. Layers of complexity and immense concentration are telling of its aging potential.
Source: Napa Valley (Rutherford, Oakville, Calistoga, Coombsville & St. Helena)
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vinification: Aged 20 months in French oak barrels
Production: 2,710 cases
Generous in blackberry, blueberry, dark cherry and plum, the lush 2012 Cabernet is youthful, delicious and satisfyingly refined now, but has layers of complexity and immense concentration telling of its aging potential. Graphite and black licorice notes and graham cracker oak spice add nuance and the long, powdery tannins provide structure. The wine is impressive for its harmony of power, intensity and vitality.
The Etude Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is handcrafted with grapes from several unique benchland vineyards representing the major sub-appellations of Napa Valley. For the 2012 vintage, the fruit was sourced from some of the most highly regarded winegrowers in Napa Valley -- Vine Hill Ranch in the Oakville AVA, the Morisoli Vineyard in the Rutherford AVA, the Frediani Vineyard in the Calistoga AVA, the Meteor Vineyard in Coombsville, and the Schoenstein Vineyard on the north end of St. Helena. By deliberately sourcing fruit from this group of exemplary vineyards, the assembled wine exhibits the range of Cabernet fruit flavors and textures with vitality and finesse.
The 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit. The season began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all the way through fruit-set, and the long, mild days continued well into the summer. A cooler-than-normal period hit at the end of September, which allowed for the preservation of ideal fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity.
Etude’s philosophy remains steadfast and this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted with very minimal winemaking intervention. The grapes were cold soaked for 3-5 days and fermented on their skins in open top fermenters. An extended maceration period followed fermentation to help modify the depth and mouthfeel of the wine, and to fully extract color, flavor and aromatics. The young wine was then racked into small French oak barrels – using a selection of coopers and forests to accentuate the vineyard distinctions – where it aged for 11 months. In order to maintain the unique characteristics of each vineyard, each block and lot was kept separate until this point when the assemblage was blended. The resulting wine was returned to barrel for an additional 9 months of aging.