Vintage 2011
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Rutherford
Winemaker Trevor Durling

This six liter Bottle is equivalent to eight individual bottles of Hewitt.  Only two of these special "Imperial" size bottles are available and are a true prize for collectors.

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. Winemaker Tom Rinaldi harvests each section of Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon separately, as it reaches optimum ripeness, and matches winemaking techniques to the character of each.

Vintage Notes

The persistently cool 2011 vintage decreased yields in Napa Valley, but the remaining grapes ripened slowly, achieving delicious flavors and ripe tannins from the long hangtime. For the second consecutive year, Napa Valley’s harvest was one of the latest on record. A wet winter and spring continued into mid-June, causing shatter during bloom and reducing the crop. While produced in small quantity, our Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon proves that this temperate vintage produced many exceptional wines with excellent structure and flavor complexity.

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. This gentle process retained about 70 percent whole berries. Tom fermented a portion of the must 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. Bâtonnage (stirring) during malolactic fermentation in the barrel rounded acidity and softened the tannins. Four rackings during barrel aging naturally clarified the wine, and after blending, we bottled this perfectly balanced wine without fining.

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