2017 CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Game Farm Vineyard
The 2017 growing season proved to be another extremely hot vintage – so hot, in fact, that many growers saw a 30-40% decrease in tonnage that year. Game Farm Vineyard did not experience as significant a loss of fruit, however, thanks to its protective trellising system which shielded grapes from the negative effects of the sweltering heat. Alongside the scorching temperatures, the 2017 harvest will mostly be remembered for the firestorm that ravaged the Napa Valley beginning on October 8th. We were fortunate to have just harvested the C. Elizabeth grapes over the previous few days. Ironically, amidst so much devastation in the Valley, as soon as we brought the fruit into the winery and tasted it, we knew 2017 would be an exceptional vintage for us. We adhered to the same barrel protocols that we honed with the 2016 vintage, enlisting the same mix of coopers from Pennsylvania and Missouri. However, for the 2017 vintage, after multiple blend tastings, we opted for a blend with less new oak owing to the delicacy of fruit for this vintage, specifically.