Micro-Lot Reserve

Smith Ranch, Casa De Vinas

Cabernet Sauvignon

Livermore Valley

2013

Nottingham Cellars Micro-Lot Reserve wines are produced from the finest vineyards in the Livermore Valley that showcase the region’s ability to grow world class Bordeaux Varieties. Each variety is site specific and was chosen as one of our finest offerings available.

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Tasting Notes

This rich and dense wine reflects a tremendous vintage here in the Livermore Valley. We are ale to not only fully ripen our Cabernet Sauvignon, but we were able to allow the fruit to hang on the vine to develop mouth filling flavors in all of our Cab blocks throughout the region. THe result is a full bodied Cabernet based blend exhibiting dark cherry, blackberry and plum fruit flavors accented gorgeously by toasty oak notes and good drive through the palate. The wine finishes strong and hits all the right notes in the mid palate one would expect of world class Cabernet.

Vineyard Sources

Casa de Vinas and Smith Ranch are the primary sources for our Cabernet Sauvignon program. This is because these two vineyards consistently deliver tremendous quality and have distinct personalities that play well off of each other. The Casa fruit is burly and highlighted by dusty tannins, black fruit and cocoa/chocolatey tones. The Smith is textural and berry fruit driven with integrated tannins and high tuned acidity. Together the wines work well and represent a snapshot of the vintage in Livermore Valley!

Production

The fruit from each vineyard is harvested at different times when the block being picked has reached optimal ripeness. Many different fermentation regimens and aging techniques are implemented to give us a nice selection of potential blending components. This includes native fermentations, various yeast strain inoculations and a mix of barrel, bin, and tank fermented lots. The wines are aged separated in primarily New French Oak barrels. A twelve barrel selection was chosen out of the hundreds of barrels of Cabernet produced to create this wine.

Vintage
2013
Wine Type
Red Wine
Appellation
Livermore Valley
Varietal Composition
92% Cabernet Sauvignon
5% Merlot
3% Petit Verdot
Smith Ranch, Casa De Vinas, Ghielmetti
Acid
.59
pH
3.61
Alcohol %
14.4
Cases Produced
336