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2019 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch

Produced entirely from estate fruit, the 2019 Ranch is a blend of 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot, and 1% Petit Verdot -- writing in Vinous, critic Antonio Galloni describes the '19 as "elegant and nuanced" -- sitting at the kitchen table, winemaker Diana Snowden Seysses calls it a "quintessential Napa Cabernet ready to be enjoyed immediately and often."

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SKU: SNCSRN19
Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 27 2019
Aging
17 months in French oak barrels, 50% new
Bottling Date
April 12, 2021
Residual Sugar
Fermented dry, no sugar added
Alcohol %
14.5
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The 2019 growing season began with much needed rains. With a reserve of water in the ground, the vines grew quickly. Our vineyard team struggled to keep up with the ground vegetation and canopy management. Removing lateral shoots and excess fruit was especially important in 2019 to maintain balance. The growing season was even, with no heat spikes in the autumn. We were at leisure to pick at optimal ripeness. The wines are generous and plush with exceptional aromatic complexity. Harvest was late and drawn out, for the red varieties extending from the 20th of September for our Merlot to the 14th of October for our Petit Verdot. The berries and clusters were large, juicy, and perfectly healthy and ripe. The devastation of the 2018 wildfires aside, 2018 is a complete knockout. These are some of the brightest, most aromatically intense wines Napa has seen in almost a decade, with a finesse and a silkiness of tannins unmatched in recent memory.
Winemaker Notes
The 2019 vintage gave us a gentle Ranch Cabernet, with a bouquet offering sweet tobacco, black cherries and muscovado sugar. The palate is broad and generous with layers of dark fruit and soft tannins. This is a quintessential Napa Cabernet ready to be enjoyed immediately and often.