Stringer Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, CA, 2017 Judges' Selection Award: Variety - Cabernet Sauvignon Judges' Notes: "A wine with a lovely perfume. Nicely done. There is density, but the wine is balanced. Classic Cab aromatics and bright fruit, particularly blackberries. Little bit of black olive as well." ___________________________________ Sommelier Retreat Mentor Editor, Jameson Fink Sommelier Retreat Writer, Francis Kulaga "This Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa’s Oak Knoll District presents in the glass as a concentrated, very dark purple wine. The aromas are oak-driven vanilla along with blackberry jam. On the palate this Cabernet delivers on its promise of oak and fruit with Madagascar vanilla bean, Chinese five spice, espresso, and blackberry pie filling. Full-bodied and mouth-coating, the Stringer Cellars has excellent structure that makes it a fine candidate for extended aging. As it stands, this Cabernet is showing nicely in its youth. It would make an excellent partner for a dry-aged bone-in ribeye steak."
Oak Knoll Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley—CA
The 2017 Oak Knoll Cabernet comes from the Williamson vineyard in Oak Knoll. It is planted to clone 337 Cabernet Sauvignon on a very rare sliver of land bordering Dry Creek at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains. It has taken thousands of years for Mother Nature to create this special spot. Over millennia the rocks and gravel that washed down the mountain side were deposited in this location creating a site with extremely good drainage for Oak Knoll. The vines then work harder for water and nutrients thereby producing concentrated fruit resulting in a more structured and complex wine.
After destemming, the hand-picked fruit was sorted and lightly crushed into an open top stainless fermentation tank. The must was cold soaked for 5 days before inoculation then pumped over two - three times a day to maximize extraction during fermentation. The wine spent a total of 19 days on its skins before pressing.
The wine displays blueberry strudel, sweet cedar, and graphite on the nose. It dances on along the palate with pronounced acid and powerful yet elusive concentration of rich, dark fruit, and cocoa. The tannins are brisk, yet balanced. An homage to the classic Napa Valley Cabernet of yesteryear. Decant or cellar to fully enjoy the mysterious nature of this wine as it evolves.
- Blend100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- WinemakerCasey Stringer
- AppellationOak Knoll District of Napa Valley
- Oak75% New French Oak
- Aging/Cooperage20 Months
- Production125 cases