2014 HRW Cabernet Sauvignon
All of the grapes for the HRW series wines come from our 114-acre Napa Valley vineyard. The grapes we use for the HRW are individual blocks or barrels that have a little less complexity and concentration than our Hendry label yet still represent a very good value. In some vintages we make one variety, in others, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon (HRW stands for Hendry Ranch Winery, as these used to be our “ranch” wines for informal occasions.)
The vines on the Hendry ranch grow on thin stony soil between 200 and 300 feet above sea level. Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay (the northern end of the San Francisco Bay) moderate the climate. The Cabernet vines 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. The average production is between 2 and 2.5 tons per acre.
Aged for 18 months in French Oak barrels, 10% of which were new. The remaining barrels were 1 and 2-year-old barrels.
Ruby color. Aromas of dark berries, cocoa and cedary oak. Medium-bodied, tannins appropriate for this lighter style wine. Well-structured and balanced, a lighter take on Cabernet that should have wide appeal for daily drinking with burgers, stews and other comfort food. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.