Handwritten Wines

 

Handwritten 2012 Oak Knoll Cabernet

This vineyard is tucked into the foothills of Mt Veeder along the western edge of the Oak Knoll AVA. Facing due east, this particular growing site sees a lot of bright and beautiful morning sunshine though by the time the Valley truly heats up the shadows creep on in. That allows for an incredibly long growing season and an extended hang time that allows for both beautiful rich and ripe fruit with soft and elegant tannins. This is a perfect wine to enjoy on its own or with a perfectly cooked steak off the grill. 

 

$115 Per Bottle /
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Harvest & Tasting Notes:

In previous vintages labeled simply as the Handwritten Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, it is now time to give Oak Knoll its due. Lower average daytime temperatures here make the growing season in Oak Knoll the longest of any Napa Valley AVA, and long hang times mean balanced acidity and complex flavors. Hillside locations like the one that our Handwritten fruit is harvested from are rare in Oak Knoll. The 2012 vintage produced an exotically perfumed wine with notes of bramble, cassis and almond skin. Its silky texture is well balanced by high-toned black fruit, cigar box, vanilla bean and ripe blackberry. Drink now or cellar for five to seven years.

Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: 100% Oak Knoll
Aging: 22 months in 70% new French oak
Alcohol: 14.9% abv
Harvest Date: October 31, 2012