2010 Kuleto Estate Lone Acre Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley
The idea is to create a wine that is at once Old and New World in impression, i.e. the fruit is deemphasized in the aroma, but the mouth is rich and flavorful without being heavy. The 2010 Lone Acre may be the ultimate comfort Cab for Winter. The nose is loaded with aromas of sweet dessert spices, liqueur-soaked cherries, and dried rosemary. True to form, the mouthfeel is incredibly soft and low-lying. It is warming, creamy, and absolutely delicious.
84% Cabernet Sauvignon9% Cabernet Franc5% Syrah2% Malbec
30 months75% new French oakOnly one racking
The growing season in 2010 was the coolest on our estate since its inception in 1999. Compared to the weather data for 1998 and 1997, it was still the coolest in recent history. Lucky for us at Kuleto Estate, we have plenty of sunshine despite the lack of heat. The majority of our vineyard blocks lie above the fog-line, so even if the Napa Valley is socked in, our vines enjoy the first sun of the day. What does a cool vintage mean for a mountain-top vineyard? It means wines that strongly express their varietal character, have tremendous natural acidity for length of mouth-feel and aging, and modest finished alcohols. Whenever you hear that the Valley has suffered a cold or damp vintage, look to the mountains (particularly on the east side) for exceptional wines.Wine lots and barrels selected for our ‘Lone Acre’ Cabernet Sauvignon don’t necessarily come from a particular spot on the estate ( à la Vineyard Designate), but rather share common flavor and structural attributes that highlight what I think are the strongest varietal character of cabernet.
342 cases produced