Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Trevor Durling

93+ Points, Wine Advocate

"The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep purple-black in color and shouts of crushed blackcurrants with underlying blackberry pie, redcurrant jelly and preserved plums notes plus suggestions of wild thyme and underbrush. Full-bodied with a firm backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and oodles of freshness supporting the black fruit layers, it finishes long and earthy." -Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This deeply flavored, full-bodied wine pairs elegantly with boldly flavored entrées, aged cheeses or whatever excites your palate.

Tasting Notes

Our 2015 Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is big and bold, with incredible depth, richness and opulence on the palate. The lush aromas and flavors explode into sumptuous blackberry, blueberry, black cherry and cassis, followed by hints of roasted espresso bean, dark mocha, and rum-raisin. Layered, intense, and inky, this wine is multi-dimensional with incredible persistence and density.  Sure to age for many years, this is a wine that truly exemplifies both the personality of Hewitt Vineyard and the outstanding, concentrated depth and elegance of the 2015 vintage. Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon is meant to be age-worthy, however, if you can’t wait to drink it, we suggest decanting to allow the flavors to evolve and reveal their complexity and elegance.

Winemaking Notes

We hand sorted the grapes on tables twice: first as clusters to remove any leaves or inferior fruit and then, after destemming, as individual grapes. A portion of the must was fermented in new French oak barrels to integrate the tannins and enhance the plush texture of the wine. Three to five days of cold soaking before fermentation, followed by extended skin contact, developed the rich varietal character. B√Ętonnage (stirring) during malolactic fermentation in the barrel rounded acidity and softened the tannins. Three rackings during barrel aging naturally clarified the wine, and after blending, we bottled this perfectly balanced wine without fining.

Vineyard Notes

This outstanding vineyard site on the Rutherford Bench has yielded grapes for many celebrated Napa Valley wines since 1880. The current vines were planted in the well-drained alluvial soils in 1992 and 1996 and budded to Cabernet Sauvignon clones 4, 7 and 8 for flavor diversity and concentration. Hewitt Vineyard has the advantage of being close to the Mayacamas Mountains for sloping elevation, but not so close that the vines are shaded in the afternoon.

Vintage Notes

Although in 2015 we received three-quarters of our normal rainfall, the cumulative effect of four years of drought in Napa Valley resulted in a light crop. However, the vintage made up in grape quality what it lacked in quantity. The small crop and dry, warm conditions promoted an early, condensed harvest that kept us hopping. At Hewitt, we began picking in mid-September and wrapped up the crush by early October. We were rewarded by balanced wines with highly concentrated flavors.
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