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Terra Valentine The Crown Jewel Cabernet Sauvignon (Premiere Napa) 2010
2012 Auction Lot #55: Only 5 cases produced
The Wurtele Vineyard crown is studded with rare jewels. These Clone 7 Cabernet Sauvignon jewels grow in nearly pure rock and rarely do they get much larger than a 3-carat sapphire. They wrap 360 degrees around the top of the volcanic knoll at 1,000 feet above the valley floor in the Spring Mountain District. These jewels form the backbone of our estate blends and we have selected the finest jewel from the 2010 vintage to offer exclusively for the Premiere Napa Valley bottling. Truly a wine fit for royalty!
Aging Process: 22 months in French Oak
- Wine is unfiltered
- Single vineyard wine
- Sustainably produced
- Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled
A geographic and climatic anomaly among wine regions, Monterey is a part of the expansive Central Coast AVA and contains five smaller sub-appellations, including the popular Santa Lucia Highlands. Rainfall is extremely low, necessitating the use of irrigation from the Salinas River for successful grape-growing, while harsh Pacific winds and coastal fogs drastically cool and dampen the region in the north.
In the cooler districts of Monterey, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Riesling produce wines with a crowd-pleasing combination of ripe, juicy fruit and crisp acidity. Warmer subzones are home to fleshy, fruit-forward Bordeaux Blends comprised primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.