2017 Arkenstone Cabernet Sauvignon NVD Napa Valley

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Winemaker Notes: Arkenstone, on Howell Mountain, was named after Tokien’s ‘diamond at the heart of the mountain’. Ron and Susan Krausz discovered the property in 1984. They chose to become a true estate, planting their vineyards in 1988 and completing the winery in 2008. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from the steep, eastern volcanic mountain hillsides at 1600 feet. NVD stands for Napa Valley designation. The wine is aged 22 months in French oak, 11 months by lot and 11 months after blending.

Crimson with a garnet core. This Cabernet greets you with violets, ripe red cherry, lilac and graphite on the nose. The complexity resulting from the blend of beautiful Eastern mountain vineyards translates into bright ripe red fruits, cassis and pomegranate on the front palate, seamlessly moving to black raspberry, blueberry, orange peel, dark chocolate and rosemary exploding mid-palate. Eucalyptus, fresh herbs, mocha and black cherry round out the long satisfying finish.

CRITICAL ACCLAIM


Jeb Dunnuck - "Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced all from higher elevation sites, the 2017 Arkenstone NVD Cabernet Sauvignon offers a mountain fruit profile of pure crème de cassis, toasted spice, brioche, dried herbs, and earth. It's rich, medium to full-bodied, and balanced, with tons of character. It's going to keep for 20+ years."


Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - "This comes from eastern Napa hillside vineyards in Calistoga, Howell Mountain and Pritchard Hill, ranging from 1,000 to 1,800 feet in elevation. Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it was aged 22 months in 75% new French oak. Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon NVD charges forth with bombastic black cherries, cassis and tilled earth notes with sparks of Mediterranean herbs and charcuterie plus a waft of black olives. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is tightly knit with firm, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the taut black fruit, finishing long and mineral laced."


Wilfred Wong - "The 2017 Arkenstone Estate NVD Cabernet Sauvignon shows excellent depth and persistence. This wine offers aromas and flavors of black fruit, earth, and clean rusticity. Pair it with a well-seasoned prime rib. "

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Country USA - California
Region Napa Valley
Vintage 2017
Winery Arkenstone
Grape Varietals Cabernet Sauvignon
Size 750 milliliter
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