Region: California, Napa Valley, St. Helena
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Terroir: Estate fruit; Sobrante loam soils
Winemaking: Hand sorted; Crushed and Destemmed; 30 day average fermentration on skins in concrete tanks (96.4%) and barrels (3.6%); Aged in French oak barrels (73% new)
Gandona Estate vineyards are carved from the steep terrain of Pritchard Hill and planted in small blocks, each with its own distinct personality. Each block is harvested in individual batches, isolating flavor variations and then blended to create the foundation for the rich, complex wines of Gandona Estate.
The 2016 Gandona Estate is aromatic and expressive with ripe blueberries, blackberry compote, violets, and cocoa nib taking center stage, underlain by notes of sweet earth, crushed rocks, and cigar box. With a dense and concentrated structure, it makes an impressive entrance, driving straight to the top with a pulsating acidity that elevates the fruit and holds its position front and center. Polished tannins build and round with time. The 2016 Gandona exudes power and finesse while still being light on its feet. The lengthy, mineral finish is a grand finale that is deserving of a standing ovation. – Gandona Winery