Sanctuary Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

The 2019 vintage showcases a brilliant, deep mahogany red color with a slight purple hue. On the nose, it exudes a complex bouquet of dark cherry, black currant, violet, intertwined with earthy tones of mushroom, leather, pencil shavings, and graphite. The palate is greeted with flavors of boysenberry, complemented by notes of vanilla, mocha, and baking spices, culminating in a sensation of dusty earth. This medium-bodied wine possesses a firm but fine tannin structure, leading to a prolonged and satisfying finish.

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Winemaking Notes

Following the late October harvest, grapes were hand-sorted at the winery before being gently destemmed and crushed. Our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon macerated for 5 days prior to fermentation, which occurred in stainless steel. Following alcoholic fermentation, skins were pressed off in a basket press and malolactic fermentation was 100% completed. The wine was aged in French oak medium and medium + toast barrels, 80% new, from a variety of select coopers for 22 months prior to bottling.

Vineyard Notes

Our vineyard sanctuary for Cabernet Sauvignon is the Rutherford Bench, known for its long growing season and among the most prized sites for Cabernet grown in the Napa Valley. Stretching three miles from Oakville to Rutherford at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains in western Napa Valley, the Rutherford Bench is made up of two alluvial fans. There in, ultra-complex soil comprised of Franciscan marine sedimentary material is punctuated by loam and volcanic deposits. This incredibly diverse terroir leads to wines with a sought-after mineral-tinged character known as “Rutherford Dust.”

Technical Details

Cabernet Sauvignon
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