2014 Mirror Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California

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From the winery: Aroma and bouquet – an elegant and complex blend of ripe blackberry, dry grass with accents of dark chocolate and baking spices. The palate commences with milk chocolate and vanilla followed by a lush complexity of ripe blackberry and blueberry with nuances of nutmeg, cloves and toasted oak. Soft, yet firm and integrated tannins carry through to the silky, elegant, clean finish. The grapes were destemmed, hand sorted and whole berry processed to manage tannin extraction. Sixteen days of fermentation with multiple gentle punch downs extracted color and flavor compounds from the skins. During the first two months of aging, the wine is sur lies and stirred every other week for at least the first two months or until the tannins begin to integrate into the wine. Barrel aging extends for at least 22 months in 100% French Oak, three-quarters new oak and one-quarter neutral oak so as not to overpower the fruit from the mountain grapes. 126 cases made.

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