2012 Portfolio, Limited Edition
A classic vintage for Napa Valley from starts to finish! The first California drought year after the 2011 rainy vintage. Ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and foggy nights during the long summer months.
Beautiful nose of dark fruit and spicy oak. The wine has a smooth balance, satiny tannins with a good tannic spine. Classic flavors of cassis, blackberry and black cherry with an attractive mineral balance, a perfect flow and long lingering finish. The wine will cellar well for many decades.
Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 85%, Cabernet Franc 15%
Fruit Sources: Hendry Ranch block 8 and Detert East
Age of Vines: CS 38 years and CF 33 years
Date of Harvest: September 28th and October 13th
Fermentation: Fermented in 1-ton bin
Winemaking: Natural gravity flow, no fining, no filtration
Skin Contact: 32 days
Malolactic Fermentation: In barrel
Barrel Aging: 30 months in 100% New French Oak
Production: 200 cases
“This is Robert Mondavi winemaker Geneviève Janssens own micro-project with husband Luc, and she doesn’t miss the chance to craft a classic, gorgeous wine. Blending 85% Cabernet Sauvignon from Hendry Ranch and 15% Cabernet Franc from Detert East Vineyard, this wine offers luxurious aromatics and a juicy core of blackberry, black cherry and soft, integrated tannin, a beautiful marriage of sites and vintner.” - Virginie Boone
“Supple and elegant up front, offering graceful, medium-weight notes of cherry and currant, with anise and cedary oak details. Ends with a lingering aftertaste, where the flavors reverberate. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now. 200 cases made.” - Jim Laube