Winemaker's Tasting Notes
“Our 2015 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, concentrated and brooding wine. Those familiar with our wines will recognize the signature aromas and flavors of our distinct site. Aromas are a study in ripe black fruits, savory herbs, fennel, anisette, graphite and black tea. A refined expression of Oakville, balanced with freshness of citrus oil, resinous cedar and the warmth of vanilla, and plum in the mouth. While initially restrained, a lush sweet entry opens to a dense and weighty mid-palate finishing with the enticing and complex tension of cocoa and espresso with a hint forest floor and rich earth." – Winemakers Anne Vawter & Jennifer Rue
Appearance medium purplish garnet
Aromas layers of black cherry, black licorice, dark chocolate, integrated tobacco, fresh rosemary, lavender, dried herbs de provance aromas
Palate structured tannins lead to black currant, blackberry, wild blueberry, cocoa powder, Earl Grey tea, black truffle
Food Pairing Suggestions
Marbled steak such as ribeye, rabbit ragu or meatloaf will stand to this wine's structured tannins. Blue cheeses or aged gouda will also pair beautifully.
Oakville, Napa Valley, CA
Soils: Clay Loam, Volcanic, Sand, Boomer
Slope: Elevation 150 Feet
About The Vineyard
Hoopes Vineyard is located in the southernmost part of Oakville, where Yount Mill Road divides the Oakville and Yountville sub-appellations of Napa Valley. The vineyard grows vigorously. Nestled against a hill, and sitting firmly in the flood zone
of the Napa River, Hoopes Vineyard has uniquely diverse and fertile alluvial soils despite the small ten-acre size. Farmed and picked by hand, the unique Hoopes fruit receives the highest attention throughout the entire grape-growing process.
The microclimate is very cool in the evening and mostly moderate heat throughout the day. The vineyard produces some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in the valley due to the unique site, clone, and soil combination.
After three years of drought, cool Spring temperatures extended bloom yielding an even lighter crop load. This smaller crop brought an early harvest with wonderful concentration of flavor and lush mature tannins. We also extensively sorted our fruit both in the field and across the sorting table at the winery.
– Second Generation Proprietor Lindsay Hoopes
Barrels: 100% French, 45% New
Barrel Aging: 22 Month