The Wine

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The 2015 vintage marks our fortieth growing season in the Napa Valley. We strive to produce a classic, distinctive wine that expresses the complexity of our terraced hillside vineyards along the southern edge of the Spring Mountain District. Each year we select and hand cultivate our favorite blocks of the 40-acre estate vineyard to produce a limited amount of Marston Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring, which resulted in a very early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set that ultimately resulted in much smaller crop levels, as compared to the bountiful vintages that preceded it. While ongoing drought was of great concern throughout the growing season, focused viticulture enhanced by multiple adjustments and crop thinning allowed for exceptional fruit quality. Harvest was one of the earliest on record for many in the Napa Valley, yet more on average at the Estate in mid-October with yields down approximately 20%.

Vineyard Source:       Marston Family Vineyard

Appellation:                  Spring Mountain District, Napa Valley

Composition:               100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

Harvest Date:              October 9th through October 15th, 2017

Winemaker:                 Marbue Marke (2009 – present)

Vinification:                 20% Barrel fermentation, 80% Stainless Steel tank fermentation

Aging:                              100% French Oak Aging for 19 months

Production:                  530 Cases Bottled on May 17th, 2017

Release Date:             September 15th, 2018

Winemaker Tasting Notes: “An intense bouquet of rose petal, currant, black raspberry and violet jumps from the glass. Youthful and exuberant, a core of crushed blackberries interwoven with cassis and lavender forms layers upon layers of complexity. Polished, velvety tannins highlight the silky finish, and the flavors will only evolve with time. Enchanting.” ~ Marbue Marke, September 2018