Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016 - Casanel Vineyards + Winery

Casanel Vineyards + Winery - Leesburg, VA


100% Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep dark red color, with black currant and black fruit notes. Hints of licorice and violet, with a great tannic structure.

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Our Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 100% estate grapes from Casanel Vineyards. After hand-harvesting and sorting in the vineyard, the grapes were gently transported via small lugs to the winery where they were destemmed and sorted again on a vibrating sorting table before being sent to stainless steel tank by gravity. After 4 days of cold maceration, the alcoholic fermentation was started and occurred around 75 degrees F. Pump-overs were done every day during the fermentation and, also during the warm post-maceration, that lasted about 3 weeks. This wine was then pressed and sent to barrels where the malolactic fermentation occurred rapidly. After racking from malolactic fermentation, the wine returned to barrels to age for 18 months entirely in French oak Bordeaux barrels (6% new, 96% neutral oak barrels). No fining of the wine occurred. After the appropriate aging time elapsed, the wine was simply racked, filtered, and hand-bottled on the Estate.

Deep red dark color – blackcurrant and black fruits - licorice – floral – earthy – youthful tannins – drinking temperature: 16-17 degree Celsius – decant before serving
Goes well with meat, such as beef, pork and lamb (Italian and rich dishes) – goes best with hard cheese and charcuterie

Vintage Year: 2016
Vineyard: Casanel Vineyard – 100% Estate Appellation: AVA Middleburg
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone: FPS 04 & 337 Rootstock: 101-14
Average Vine Age: 8 years
Harvest Date: 10/19/16
Bottling Date: 05/18/18
Fermentation: Whole-berry in stainless steel
Yeast: FX10
ML: 100%
pH: 3.72
Alcohol: 13% vol.
Residual Sugar: < 0.03 g/l in glucose-fructose
Aging: 100% French oak Wood Origin: Allier, COF, Haute Futaie
New Oak: 6% (6% in new barrels & 11% in 1-year old barrel & 33% in 2-year old barrels, 22% in 3-year old barrels, and 28% 4 year old barrels)
Aging Time: 18 months
Cases produced: 200 casesCellaring: Enjoy it now to 2026 (full body wine)
Highest Awards: 87 points, American Wine Society


Katie DeSouza