2017 Cimarossa di Rive Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage : 2017
Country : USA
Region : Napa Valley
Located at 2100 feet in elevation on the Vaca range in Napa Valley, the Cimarossa “red hilltop” Vineyard flourishes in its native and natural setting. What might seem like a simple score given the farm plots that are available in the wine country, in reality, took Dino and Corry over 10 years to locate. One visit will confirm—it was worth the wait, with unrivaled 360 degree views of mountains, wilderness, and the valley floor below.
The vineyard build-out adhered to one driving force principle—to leave the property’s natural surroundings in their most native state.
This philosophy became a way of life and a constant reminder of the true fruits that the mountain can bear when left to its own devices.
A blend of 100% cabernet sauvignon from all ten vineyard blocks of the Cimarossa estate, this wine represents the best that Howell Mountain has to offer. Elevation ranges from 1600-2100 feet; several soil types; sun exposures from the east, west and north. The wine was aged for 22 months in French Oak barrels, 35% new oak.
Appellation: Howell Mountain
Winemaker: Mia Klein
WineMaker Tasting Notes:
The dark garnet color is an indication of the concentration to follow. The aroma and bouquet exhibit seasoned French oak that compliments the abundance of ripe blueberry and plum jam aromas. Initially the palate shows soft vanilla, hints of cedar-spice, then the fruit aromas emerge with ripe, soft blackberry and black raspberry. Nuances of dry woody herbs keep the wine interesting and evolving in the mouth as the wine unfolds in your glass.
On the finish - fine smooth tannins are a tribute to the winemaker's finesse using techniques to balance firm Howell Mountain tannins into a wine with beautiful structure, silkiness and length.