Hendry Blocks 8, 16, 17 and 18 are located on bench lands west of the town of Napa.The vines grow on thin stony soil between 150 and 300 feet above sea level. Morningfog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate our vineyard’sclimate.
The vines in Block 8 were planted in 1974 and are 35 years old. They are spaced 8’ x 10’, cordon trained. The clone is U.C.D. 7, grafted to St. George roots. A seven-foot vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy. Average production is approximately 2 tons per acre. Blocks 16, 17, and 18 were planted in 1996, 1996, and 1997. They are also on St. George rootstock. They are grafted to U.C.D. clones 7 and 4, and 337/15. Their inclusion in our Cabernet Sauvignon marks a milestone in the vines maturity. At 13 and 14 years old, they have reached a significant level of depth and complexity.
In 2007, the median bud break was April 2-4. Median bloom was May 22 and median veraison was August 1-2. Harvest ranged from September 19 to October 6. Yields averaged 2.2 tons per acre throughout the Cabernet blocks. After a warm extended maceration, the wine was aged for 21 months in 100% new French oak barrels. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
The majority of the grapes for this wine (54%) still come from Block 8, one of our oldest and most consistently distinctive blocks. Pretty, dark and supple. Initial aromas are dusty and almost floral, with enticing sweet fruit. An exceptionally balanced wine, showing plummy, deep, dark fruit aromas and flavors of berry/currant and cocoa. Well-integrated oak and firm, fine-grained tannins. Delicious and approachable now, with potential for cellaring.
Alcohol is 14.4%
1845 Cases produced
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