Hendry Blocks 16, 17 and 18 are located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on thin stony soil between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate the climate. The vines were planted from 1996-2002. They are spaced 7’ x 5’, cordon trained and spur pruned. The clones are U.C. Davis 4, 7 and 15, grafted to St. George roots. A seven-foot vertical trellis system supports the cordon and the canopy. Average production is between 2 and 2.5 tons per acre.
In 2007, median budbreak was April 4, median bloom was May 23 and median veraison was August 2. The harvest took place September 19 through October 4 with a yield of approximately 2 tons per acre. The wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels, 10% of which were new. The remaining barrels are the 1 and 2-year-old barrels used in our estate Cabernet.
Grapes for the HRW series wines come from our 117-acre Napa Valley vineyard, as they do for all of our wines. The grapes we use for the HRW are individual blocks or barrels that for one reason or another do not have the complexity we require for our Hendry label, but are very nice every day drinking nonetheless. In some vintages we make one variety, in others, several, and sometimes we make none at all.
The 2007 HRW Cabernet Sauvignon’s initial aromas are of sweet fruit, anise, cracked black pepper and orange rind. Nice, round simple palate with blackberry, cocoa and orange, finishing with substantial though fine-grained tannins. A nice, solid wine for the price.
Alcohol is a moderate 13.9%
2300 cases produced