Our 2016 Rosenblum Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard is located in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley. The Oak Knoll District is nestled in the south end of Napa Valley. The cool coastal breeze ushers in to relax the hot summer days and create a unique climate for ripening. The spring time weather is around mid-60-70ºF weather during the day and dropping to mid-30-40ºF with light rain fall. Harvest time averages around mid-80-90ºF weather during the day and mid-40-60ºF at night. The soil in Oak Knoll District ranges from volcanic based to a silt sandy clay, which gives the ample proportions for a nutrient rich environment for a healthy vineyard.
Harvest of 2016 was a stellar year with cooler summer days allowing the fruit to have a longer hang time for higher quality. The average harvest day is around 80ºF, and at night temperatures drop to an average of 50ºF. This creates the perfect atmosphere for the fruit to mature. The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are then harvested around 23 brix for optimal flavor. The grapes were gently crushed then transferred to their assigned tank for fermentation. Throughout fermentation, thorough attentiveness was kept in maintaining the must cap immersed in the fermenting must in order to ensure extraction of color and flavor. Once the must was ready it was racked from the tank to press out the remaining flavor from the skins. After fermentation was complete this wine was then pumped into barrels where it matured for over a year.
Barrels are the ideal real estate for our 2016 Rosenblum Cabernet Sauvignon, as minute amounts of oxygen permeate through the wood the wine develops a complex sophistication that only a barrel can provide. As the wine ages in the barrel room, it progresses towards a more velvety mouthfeel from smoothed out youthful tannins. This blend is unique in that barrels were hand selected in order to highlight the notes of dark berries, chocolate, vanilla, spices and toasted oak. All these flavors culminate to an enduring finish and well-rounded wine.