LOCALISM/2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Napa Valley
We source our Cabernet Sauvignon from the Schwartz Vineyard, located in Coombsville, east of downtown Napa. The Coombsville AVA has a cooler growing season than other areas of Napa Valley, as its proximity to the San Pablo bay provides a more moderate climate and frequent fog. These factors combine to create a long, moderate growing season. We have had the unique opportunity to directly manage the Schwartz vineyard, implementing organic processes, and sustainable practices. Being in control of the vineyard allows us to fine tune each vine, producing premium Cabernet Sauvignon grapes, reflecting the cool climate and terroir of Coombsville
The 2015 vintage is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and
6% Cabernet Franc. Although tiny in quantity, this wine delivers massive flavor, depth and concentration. It's aromatically stunning- boasting notes of violet, blackberry and cedarwood, while striking your palate with a smooth tannin structure that is followed by flavors of red plum and earth.
LOCALISM/2016 Sauvignon Blanc/Napa Valley
This vintage features fruit from two of Napa Valley’s premiere appellations: Yountville and Calistoga.
The Yountville appellation boasts a rich history, the first vineyards in the Napa Valley were planted by George Yount in the mid-1800s. This is a classic “warm days and cool nights” appellation with sunny afternoons and often foggy mornings. The Yountville AVA is one of the coolest wine regions in Napa Valley, which helps contribute to a long growing season.
This Sauvignon Blanc entices with aromas of ripe peach and apricot with hints of honeysuckle nectar. Bright flavors of lemon zest and nectarine are complemented by a rich & savory mouth feel. The frequent lees stirring and sweet oak, helps to round out and balance the natural acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was aged in a combination of once-used French oak and stainless steel barrels. The blend is comprised of 100% Sauvignon Blanc (50% Sauvignon Blanc & 50% Musque clones).
The cool Mokelumne Glen Vineyard in Lodi, located in close proximity to the cool river, is the only source of the rare Kerner grape in California. Located in the Mokelumne River AVA, where vineyard sites date back as far as 1886, consisting mainly of gnarly head-trained Zinfandel vines, lies a vineyard with an array of rare Germanic varieties. The Mokelumne River AVA soils are Tokay sandy loam- a deep, fertile yet porous soil structure, slightly alkaline, consisting of finely crushed granite accumulated over millions of years of run-off from the Sierra Nevada mountains. This helps maintain vibrant acidity in grapes cultivated in a Mediterranean setting.
The 2016 Kerner displays unique aromas of honeysuckle, apricot and underlying notes of petrol. The palate is lively and acidic with flavors of fresh stone fruit, lime, and a chalky minerality. Frequent lees stirring helps to build the mouthfeel and creates depth and texture with this bright, aromatic wine. The wine was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel barrels. 90% Kerner, 10% Riesling