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2017 Cabernet Sauvignon



450 Cases

2017 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon

14.4% alcohol per volume

The composition of our 2017 Napa appellation wine is a skinnier version of the 2016:  clone 4 from Panek, a small upper block of Lore and two blocks from Kennedy Vineyard on Franz Valley School Road in Calistoga.  Kennedy was good enough to bottle on its own but with our future there lacking certainty, it made sense to drop it into the Napa.  Once again, this bottling gives good insight into how the upvalley fared in 2017.  By combining Oakville, St. Helena and Calistoga, we also were able to feature earlier ripening AVAs that are more accustomed to handling the intense heat of Napa’s summer.  These two attributes proved to be the perfect combo in this vintage.  The wine comes across as more savory than sweet showing notes of gravel, graphite, crushed rock, sage and black fruits.  There’s good extract to the wine which gives it a bone dry quality.  The barrel program is nicely integrated and sweet oak tannin helps give the wine some generosity. 

350 Cases

2017 Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

14.5% alcohol per volume

Panek Vineyard’s early ripening nature was a blessing in 2017.  All 5 blocks we work with achieved full ripeness giving us quite a bit to choose from in this vintage.  That coupled with continually improving farming gave us more quantity than we hoped for pre-harvest.  We harvest clones 169, 7, 337, 4 and 6 from Panek and in the past there were a few blocks that never were considered for the finished blend.  In 2017, we could have put it all in and been extremely happy with the result.  Knowing the vintage’s reputation, we choose to be a little more selective and used parts of the 169, 7 and for the first time ever 337.  That block continues to make incredible leaps forward producing what looks to be our best block of Panek in 2018.  This edition comes across as a mix of everything that preceded it.  There’s good red/black/blue fruit sweetness, a nice caramelized brown sugar component, wet stones, violets and smoke.  This like the Napa, has a little bit of an old school feel with some savory notes of sage, liquid minerals and roasted meats.  It is a difficult vintage to name check but we like the completeness and drinkability of this wine just as we did with the 2011 version, another challenging year where this site shined. 

110 Cases

2017 Rivers-Marie Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

14.6% alcohol per volume

Coming in at 2.25 tons off of two acres, there isn’t much of this to go around.  That fact plus the recent track record of this bottling leads us to expect the 2017 Lore to sell out faster than any Cabernet we have ever relesased.  Of all the wines across all the projects, this might be the closest thing to its 2016 edition.  Its brooding black-fruited minerality belies the vintage.  There’s a density and power here that could be confused with 2013.  The yield without question contributed to this.  The quality of farming here too has improved with healthier canopies allowing this vineyard to survive the afternoon sun it is routinely subjected to.  Grab this while it lasts and know if you miss out, more is coming in 2018.

3 Cases

2017 Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - 1.5L

14.5% alcohol per volume

2017 Rivers-Marie Panek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500ml

110 Cases

2017 Rivers-Marie Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

14.6% alcohol per volume

2017 Rivers-Marie Lore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon - 1500ml