2015 Polaris Vineyard Cabernet Sauvginon, Howell Mountain AVA, Napa Valley;
Planted by Jon Dodge, formerly the vineyard manager at Burgess Cellars in Howell Mountain, Polaris Vineyard was developed in 1982 and planted in 1990 and is adjacent to the famed Beatty Ranch vineyard. Polaris is 3.2-acre vineyard, and is head trained with a loosely trained California sprawl type canopy and trellising system. This wine is actually a field blend of clone 155 and clone 6 Cabernet Sauvignon, with tiny amounts of Cabernet franc and Petit Verdot. The wine is full bodied and layered with outstanding concentration. Impossibly elegant and smooth with massive structure, this wine needs time to do it justice and will age many years given the right conditions. The wine is aged in once used Seguin Moreau barrel. One barrel produced.
Our 2016 harvest took us to the Kirkpatrick Vineyard in Lake County's Big Valley District AVA. Bordered by Clear Lake to the north, the Mayacamas on the west & south, and Mount Konocti on the east, Big Valley is a structural basin, part of the larger Clear Lake basin. Big Valley's mix of grave, clay & loam, generous sunlight, and cool nights all contribute to its reputation for producing intense and balanced Zinfandels. Get your hands on a bottle today!
Harvested September 23, 2016
3 barrels produced