America's most prestigious, renowned and heavily capitalized wine region, the Napa Valley is almost as acclaimed as an icon of American lifestyle as it is for its powerful Cabernet Sauvignons. A fertile alluvial valley touching on San Francisco's San Pablo Bay in the south and sheltered on three sides by low mountains, wine production began here in the 1850s with the California Gold Rush. The proximity to the bay and the cool ocean air from the Humboldt Current are two of the most important climatic factors in Napa's success as the warm climate here is mitigated by cold, often foggy breezes drawn up into it by rising, sun-heated air. The valley produces wines from Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel but Cabernet Sauvignon is king, making up 40% of total production but accounting for close to 60% of the crop's total value. The cost of a single acre of prime Napa vineyard planted to Cabernet averages close to $400,000 an acre. The average price of a ton of Napa Cab was $7,500 in 2018 which translates loosely to $70+ per bottle using the one-percent rule of thumb. Napa wines tend to be rich, full-throttle wines built to impress, striking a comfortable balance between between power and early drinkability.
The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2019 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills in Santa Barbara County.
The majority of fruit comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance, and for structure and complexity, fruit from the rugged mountain slopes is added. The Napa Valley is best known for the combination of long, warm growing seasons with well-drained volcanic soils that create the optimal ripening conditions for Cabernet Sauvignon. By blending these various lots, the wine is rich and well-balanced, a true expression of the Napa Valley. Deep purple with scarlet highlights this wine is bold, layered, and complex. The Thread Count Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley is rich with ﬂavours of blackberry, cedar wood, and espresso.
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine’s great complexity. Aromas of cedar oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums suggest the fruit flavors to come, as does the intense, deep red color of the wine. Dense, mouth-filling cherries, plums, chocolate and tobacco marry with the oak nuances. The firm tannins underlying the wine’s core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.
The backbone of this Cabernet Sauvignon is derived from the Truchard Vineyard in Carneros, with vineyard sites extending into the lower hillsides of the Mayacamas mountain range. The balance of fruit is sourced from the Suseri Vineyard in Chiles Valley, adding layers of rich fruit to the palate. The small berry clusters and intense fruit from low-yielding vines create a wine with full flavor and longevity.
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