32 Winds Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750ML
32 Winds the fruit for our cabernet is sourced from a fine single vineyard site on top of Diamond Mountain. The grapes were hand-harvested on October 15th and October 24th, de-stemmed and transferred to closed-top fermenters, where the skins and juice remained in contact in an extended maceration for 45 days. The juice was then pressed off and moved directly to French oak barrels, 75% of which were new and aged for 21 months.
Plump, ripe and juicy, with complex blackberry, plum and licorice flavors. Full-bodied, fresh and lively, ending with tannins that have a pleasant earthy edge and a measure of structure. Drink now through 2019. 500 cases made.
Score: 92. —James Laube, September 30, 2011.