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2021 Napa Cabernet Sauvignon

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 This is a fruit-forward wine, with dark fruit dominating the palate. Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, and currants explode on the nose and palate. Black currant, raspberry, and cherry pair seamlessly with cigar box, leather, tobacco leaf, and subtle herbaceous. Hints of black olive, black tea, dark cocoa, and eucalyptus complement the soft tannins and keep this wine balanced. This medium-bodied wine finishes with fig preserves and baking spices. This is an elegant wine crafted to be enjoyed upon release but can easily hold up to age for another 7-10 years.

A delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from two of our Napa vineyards, Pocai & Fig Tree. Each growing area brings a different dimension and complexity to this wine. We then blend to make this wine a representation of the vintage but also for approachable drinking upon release.

92 points, James Suckling
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SKU: BAL21CSNAPA
Wine Specs
Vintage
2021
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 20 - October 8, 2021
Acid
5.7
pH
3.86
Aging
19 months in oak barrels, 44% New French oak
Bottling Date
April 11, 2023
Alcohol %
15.4
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Our Napa Cab is becoming a to-go wine for many Ballentine wine lovers. This is a fruit-forward wine, with dark fruit dominating the palate. Blackberry, blueberry, black cherry, and currants explode on the nose and palate. Hints of black olive, dark cocoa, eucalyptus complement the soft tannins and keep this wine balanced. This medium-bodied wine finishes with fig preserves and baking spices. This wine is crafted to be enjoyed upon release but can easily hold up to aging for another 7-10 years.
Ratings
93 points, James Suckling 91 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Vineyard Notes
90% Pocai Vineyard and 10% Fig Tree Vineyard grapes were blended for this vintage.
Winemaker Notes
The 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of several of our Cabernet picks from the vintage. With careful selection and management in the vineyards, only the highest quality fruit was used on our Cabernet. Fermented in bins and small tanks, the 2021 Cabernet Sauvignon was gently hand punched down three times a day. Pressed off early to maintain fresh fruit vibrancy, this wine was aged in 44% new French oak. The wine is given ample time for tannins to combine and the palate to gain weight, structure, and complexity yet maintain a fruit forward nature. Blending was carefully done, with time given to allow the components to integrate, and the goal of a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon.
Food Pairing Notes
mushroom risotto, hamburgers with fig jam, lamb skewers, savory string bean chicken (yes we tried it and yes it pairs really well)
Other Notes
80% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 3% Petit Verdot
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