2015 Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon 1.5L
When we made the decision to plant our vineyards, we were acutely aware that what attracted us to this magnificent property was the rugged beauty of the natural setting. It was clear to us that we would lose that native beauty if we took down trees and cleared radically for vineyards. Because of our choice to limit vineyards to previously cleared areas, we have been slowly finding additional outstanding fruit sources off the estate to continue to build our Arkenstone family of wines. We wanted to keep making wines from the steep, eastern volcanic mountains in the Napa Valley because we love the profile of this fruit. Our newest members of the Arkenstone family are our Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon and our NVD Sauvignon Blanc, created from this beautiful fruit. The meticulous oversight, both in the vineyards and in the winery by winemaker, Sam Kaplan, assures a solid note of consistency with our Arkenstone Estate wines.
This deep purple, violet-rimmed wine has an opulent nose of ripe Santa Rosa Plum, rose petal, chocolate covered cherry cordial and stewed rhubarb. Hints of candied orange rind and blueberries lead to soft, yet explosive mouth-filling blackberry, black cherry, molasses, and nutmeg. Clean acidity and focused tannins balance this full-bodied plushness. The long, silky finish leaves traces of violet, black cherry and just a bit of white pepper. Incredibly approachable now, it will also age well into the next 20 years.
Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from vineyards on the eastern side of the valley (Calistoga, Howell Mountain, Pritchard Hill and Soda Canyon), the 2015 NVD Cabernet Sauvignon gives up a deep garnet-purple color and fresh, crunchy blackberry, plum, wild blueberry and gentle Provence herbs notes with hints of cedar chest and forest floor, plus a touch of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied with a firm frame of grainy tannins, it delivers loads of lively black and blue fruit, finishing long and earthy. 600 cases were made.
- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (Wine Advocate)