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2012 Longfellow Cabernet Sauvignon, Coombsville


2012 Longfellow Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Cabernet Sauvignon features two small vineyard sources, Carpingano and Frog Tree, in the Coombsville region just east of the town of Napa.  Coombsville is known for a long and gentle growing season given its location in the Southern part of the Napa Valley.  While the wines have wonderful cellaring potential with great depth and elegant structure, the plush and ripe fruit of Coombsville yields wines that are very approachable and decadent young.

Carpingano and Frog Tree are both tiny 10 acre vineyards.  Frog Tree is a younger planting and provides great power and structure as well as a touch of menthol thanks to a small grove of Eucalyptus trees on the backside of the vineyard. Carpingano adds plush and ripe fruit flavors that come from unusually long hang times prior to harvest.

Winemaking & Vintage Notes:
A perfect growing season provided a beautiful and easy harvest with great yields and perfect ripeness.  Balanced ripeness allowed us to blend both vineyard blocks together soon after fermentation promoting better and faster harmony in the final Cabernet blend.  The wine was aged in a combination of mostly new and one year old French and American oak barrels for a little over 21 months.  Our goal is to produce wines with layers or aromas and flavors and feel that this unique cooperage.


Wine Specifications: 2012 Longfellow Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley
Winemaker:   Rolando Herrera
Varietal:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard:  Frog Tree & Carpignano Vineyards
Cooperage:  21 months in 70% French & 30% American Oak (60% New)
Winemaking:  Unfined and unfiltered
Alcohol:   14.5%
Harvest Date:  October 2012         
Bottling Date:  July 2014
Cases Produced:    365