The 2019 Cambium bursts with aromas of fine chocolate, violets, and fruit compote with hints of candied blackberry, black raspberry, and cherry. The wine has a thick voluptuousness on the palate, with flavors of complex red and black fruits and graphite coupled with fine-grained tannins intertwined with an acidity that gives the palate a long, nuanced finish. The Cambium red is the signature of the vintage, blending the best lots from the best terroir aged in the best select barrels to give the very best of the vintage. Age 10-15 years.
HARVEST & WINEMAKING
The 2019 vintage was an excellent vintage with tonnage levels close to average. The year began with heavy rains in winter, followed by a few spring showers. Summer weather was moderate and ideal. Outside of anticipated heat spikes in August and September, conditions during harvest were also mild and lovely. The lack of typical morning fog during the growing season seemed to speed phenolic ripeness. The 2019 vintage is high quality, with a signature of freshness, generosity of fruit, and lush tannins.
The greatest wines begin in the vineyard. We work closely with our growers and know our estate fruit intimately. Our goal is individual vine balance for perfect ripening of each cluster. At harvest time, any compromised clusters were left on the vine. The fruit was hand-picked and berries were hand-sorted before and after the destemmer. This wine was hand-crafted in our new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. After primary fermentation in stainless steel, the wine was moved to barrel to complete primary (if necessary) and secondary (malolactic) fermentation in premium French oak. The wine aged in barrel for 20 months, being racked 3 times before bottling. For the first time, this wine is unfined and unfiltered.
The majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon in the 2019 Cambium is from the sweet spot of our Tonella Estate Vineyard, block 10B. The remainder of the Cabernet Sauvignon is from one of the oldest blocks in Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak. The Cabernet Franc is from the nearly dry-farmed Frediani Vineyard, at the base of the Vaca Mountain Range in Calistoga. The Petit Verdot is from one of the highest blocks at Stagecoach, block 3. The silkiness and elegance of the valley floor fruit combined with the structure and power of the hillside fruit creates a balanced, rich combination in the blended wine.
Cases produced: 805
TA: 5.4 g/L
Blend: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Cabernet Franc, 12% Petit Verdot
Vineyards: Tonella (Rutherford), Frediani (Calistoga), and Stagecoach (Atlas Peak)
Appellation: Napa Valley
Oak: Aged 20 months in French oak, 75% new