Alea Fina Cabernet Sauvignon 2021

This deep, garnet-hued wine reveals profoundly concentrated aromas and flavors of black cherry and blackcurrant, layered over classic Rutherford notes of cedar box, graphite, dust, earth and a subtle suggestion of Portobello. A medium-bodied wine with gracefully refined tannins, this exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon culminates in an exceptionally long finish.

ALEA FINA is a collaboration between winemaker Sebastian Donoso and international world-renowned consultant Paul Hobbs, celebrating the transcendent alchemy of precision, patience, and nature’s ineffable beauty. Meticulous Napa Valley site selection, fastidious farming, and relentless attention to detail throughout the winemaking process create a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the awe-inspiring wonder of the natural world.

The wine’s philosophy and name are inspired by alea, the Latin word for chance, and the Spanish expression hilar fino, which means to obsess over the finer details, thoughtfully considering every thread of the fiber. ‘ALEA FINA’ seeks to capture the ephemeral, honoring the thrilling unpredictability of the universe through patient diligence and passionate commitment.

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“With Alea Fina, I aim to reveal a singular expression of these iconic vineyards, capturing the beautiful typicity of Napa Valley in a glass. Similarly, through my photos of the Milky Way, I express the fragile and wondrous beauty of our origin.”

Sebastian Donoso

Winemaking Notes

Beginning in mid-September, all grapes were hand-harvested at optimal ripeness (25.5° Brix, on average) to capture the essence of their unique origins. Clusters were destemmed, then crushed and cold-soaked for five days to extract the grapes’ vivid flavor and color prior to fermentation in stainless steel at 85°F. A precise, seven-day post-fermentation maceration with heat softened the tannins and developed the wine’s generous mid-palate, before gentle pressing in a traditional basket press.

Harvest Notes

Severe drought conditions in the winter months stressed the vines during growth stages, which resulted in smaller crop yields with exceptionally high quality. The summer’s consistent temperature range enabled steady maturation and an unusually early and small harvest. This confluence of events produced wines with tremendous color density, rich aromas, and profound complexity on the palate.

Technical Details

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