2017 Curvature Cabernet Sauvignon
"The wine that started it all… where I turned my love of Napa into a reality. Created in partnership with Suzanne and Sally at Pride Mountain Vineyards, this is a quintessential Napa Cab – a celebration of regionality, exceptional quality grapes and kick-ass female winemaking!" Cristie Kerr
21% Merlot, Cunat Family Vineyards, Oak Knoll AVA, clone 181 on 101-14 rootstock
3% Petit Verdot, Sage Ridge Vineyard, Saint Helena AVA
After sorting and partial destemming, Sally Johnson let the grapes cold-soak as whole berries before they went into tank. Fermentation ranged from between 14 and 31 days, with both traditional and carbonic maceration taking place to heighten the fruit layers and dynamics. Essentially, each plot of grapes determines its own process, which is where Sally's focus and intuitive skill really comes into its own. After fermentation, the wines were matured in French oak barrels (75% new oak) for around 20 months, before blending and bottling.
The 2017 vintage was a triumph, but one tinged with tragedy. The Atlas fires broke out just after we'd harvested the last of the Cab, so while the wine was unaffected, it was made with one eye on the reddening skies. We bolstered the Cabernet Sauvignon with 21% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot, making a full-blooded Napa Cab that salutes its left bank Bordeaux ancestors. Pair it with top quality beef (roast prime rib, barbecued New York strip or high-end burgers), venison tenderloin or a herby fricassée of portabello mushrooms.