2019 V of V bottle shot

2019 V de V

NAPA VALLEY
$225.00 per bottle  
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93 points, James Suckling

This 2019 V de V New Era wine is the first of its kind at Whitehall Lane. It is the first time we have released a wine in the New Era portfolio that showcases all five of the Bordeaux grape varieties. The wine shows to be in perfect balance and creates a completely different sensory experience. On the nose, this wine offers milk chocolate blackberry truffles, huckleberry jam, black cherry cola, fragrant cassis candies, and a hint of baking spices. The mid-palate exhibits a velvety texture and offers notes of black cherry pie, cocoa, licorice, crushed walnuts, black olives, cedar, and a touch of graphite that leads to a long and silky finish. This offering is enjoyable today but will also evolve with cellar aging through 2035.

WINEMAKER NOTES

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 with a select yeast, 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 2019 vintage wines were aged in75% new French oak and 25% neutral oak. During assemblage (blending) the best representations of each Bordeaux varietal were selected from the highest quality barrel lots. The final barrel selection was a Baron Culte 140, which is seasoned outside at the Baron barrel cooperage in France for 40 months. Upon crafting the barrel, it is toasted over low heat embers for 2 separate days. This slow toasting process gives greater textural mouthfeel and toasted caramel nuances to a finished wine. The final 2019 V de V blend is 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 6% Malbec, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc. The wine was bottled after 26 months in barrel and was unfined and unfiltered.

THE VINTAGE

The 2019 vintage was a long, ideal growing season for our Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Bud break began in late March to early April, leading to a Spring that was mild and dry. Flowering proved to be long and gave way to a healthy set of uniform grape clusters. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading to a cooling effect near the end of the season and into Fall. Throughout the vineyard growing season, there were no heat spikes and the temperatures were steady and even-keel. The consistent summer weather encouraged our grapes to ripen in mid-September to late October when they were in perfect balance.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton 

Appellation: Napa Valley

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Alcohol: 14.9%