Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

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Signorello Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Our estate vineyards planted in 1990 on the Napa Valley hillsides east of the Silverado Trail provided the grapes. A variety of exposures increased the wines complexity. Western slopes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Eastern slopes: Cabernet Franc and a second Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard.

Crop level and vine growth were closely monitored to achieve balance and intensify fruit character. The vineyards are densely planted (1,240 vines per acre) and vertically trellised. The rocky soil with moderate amount of clay averaging three feet in depth provides excellent drainage.

Tasting Notes

The nose opens with layers of tobacco, leather, mocha, and licorice. Lush flavors of cherry and blackberry are complimented by a lengthy finish. The firm tannic structure will allow the wine to improve and age over the next 15 years.

Winemaking Notes

Our Estate program follows traditional French winemaking practices. Techniques include the use of extended maceration (each lot averaged 25 days on the grape skins) and frequent pumping-over two times a day. The 2010 vintage aged for 16 months in 45% new Troncais, Nevers, and Alliers Oak (thin-staved, medium & medium-plus toast Chateau Ferre barrels). Tonnelleries: Seguin Moreau, Radoux, Demptos, and Taransaud. Barrels were topped monthly and racked every 6 months. To preserve fruit intensity and body, the wine was not filtered prior to bottling.

Harvest Report

A wet winter after the three previous dry years pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by three weeks. Luckily, due to a lot of cloud cover, we had very little frost alerts and no frost damage. Early summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, so we had a slightly later than average veraison. Towards the end of August, we were suddenly faced with a triple digit heat spike, but good canopy management kept damage to a minimum. The 2010 vintage looks to be smaller than past, but with excellent fruit quality.

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