Lewelling Vineyards 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Appellation: Napa Valley

  • Vineyard Site: 1/2 mile south of St. Helena on Lewelling Lane, an alluvial fan at the base of the western foothills

  • Soil: Bale gravelly loam

  • Vines: Cabernet Sauvignon on 110R rootstock

  • Trellis: Vertical, 7-wire; 5’ x 9’ vine spacing; cane pruned

  • Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Case Production: 709 Cases

  • pH: 3.90

  • TA (g/100ml): 0.60

  • Harvest Date: September 15, 2015

  • Brix at Harvest: 27.4

  • Aging: 18 months in 70% new French oak barrels

  • Finishing: Bottled unfined and filtered on May 30,2017

  • Release Date: September 15, 2018

Tasting Notes

Bouquet: Aromas of cocoa, vanilla and leather, together with dark brambleberry. 

Flavor: Black currant and bright berry balanced with cedar and dusty earth, luscious texture, gripping spice and a lingering finish. 

review

“The base 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is no entry level wine and offers incredible purity and elegance in its blue fruits, cassis, graphite, and violet-tinged aromas and flavors. This beauty has classic, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon richness, polished tannin, no hard edges, and a great finish. Tasting just like a slightly toned-down version of the Wight Vineyard (Bordeaux lovers will probably prefer this cuvee as it’s slightly more classic in style) it’s a beautiful, layered, multi-dimensional Cabernet Sauvignon to drink over the coming 15+ years.”

Jeb Dunnuck | December 2017 | 95 pts