2017 Mancino Lanciatore Cabernet Sauvignon

NAPA VALLEY
$68.00 per bottle   /   $57.80 club price
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The 2017 Mancino Lanciatore offers a powerful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon. On the nose, it’s enticing and fragrant with notes of blackberry pie, Bourbon soaked maraschino cherries, Madagascar vanilla bean, mission figs, graphite, candied walnut, and cedar. Its palate provides big, round chewy tannins, stewed black plums, brambly black fruit, toasted nuts, char, and a touch of dark roast coffee. This wine has big shoulders and we recommend decanting for a few hours before enjoying or cellar for 15-20 years.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The 2017 Mancino Lanciatore is a stunning wine of power and concentration. Its name translated from Italian means “left-handed thrower” and is an ode to our proprietor, Thomas Leonardini, Sr. and several other left-handed Leonardinis. Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, our grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked in tank at 45˚F for 4-7 days, allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction. After inoculation, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 82˚F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins. For fermentation cap management, the juice was pumped over the skins two times per day, wetting the cap evenly for a nice healthy fermentation.  After fermentation and pressing, the wine was sent to 50% new French oak, 50% neutral oak barrels, aging for 26 months. The final blend for the 2017 Mancino Lanciatore is 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Petit Verdot. At bottling, this wine was unfined and unfiltered.

THE VINTAGE

The 2017 year began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. The summer warmed up nicely, allowing the fruit to mature at an even rate and make optimum conditions for flavor development. A Labor Day weekend heat event kicked harvest into high gear, then cool weather allowed sugar levels to return to normal. The grapes were harvested in mid-September and the first week in October. The Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot in this wine was harvested from our Leonardini, Millennium MM, and Fawn Park Estate vineyards.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Napa Valley

BLEND:  94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot

Alcohol: 14.9%