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2017 Foley Johnson Handmade Peral Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

2017 Foley Johnson Handmade Peral Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Rutherford

91 Points - Wine Spectator
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Our 2017 Peral Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black currant, anise and toasted oak. On the palate, bold tannins are balanced with flavors of blackberry and dark cherry with savory notes of tobacco and graphite.

Our 2017 Peral Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black currant, anise and toasted oak. On the palate, bold tannins are balanced with flavors of blackberry and dark cherry with savory notes of tobacco and graphite.

Ratings

91 Points - Wine Spectator, April 2021. "Restrained in profile, with moderate plum and black cherry puree flavors forming the core, while light alder, sassafras and anise notes check in. The tight-grained finish has just a blip of the vintage's rusticity at the very end. Drink now through 2030. 209 cases made." — JM

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 vintage started out with a wet spring that extended flowering and stimulated vigorous vines. We had a mild summer with the promise of a beautiful harvest. Then in early fall the first heat wave kicked harvest into full gear, ripening everything almost at once. This allowed the fruit to develop deeper, more concentrated flavors along with low yields. Right behind this heat wave came the wild fires; luckily, we had already brought in 99% of our fruit crop.

Composition

75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot

Wine Specs

Vintage
2017
Varietal
Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation
Rutherford
Harvest Date
September 1 - October 10, 2017
Acid
5.8 g/L
pH
3.75
Aging
24 months in French oak, 50% new
Fermentation
100% malolactic fermentation
Bottling Date
Dec. 11, 2019
Alcohol %
15.1
Wine Spectator
91

Production Notes

The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged for 24 months in 50% new French oak before going into bottle on December 11, 2019.

Vineyard Notes

The Foley Johnson 2017 Peral Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from our Peral Vineyard, a 10 acre parcel adjacent to our main Rutherford Estate. The name Peral pays homage to the sites history as a pear orchard. Today a single 100 year old pear tree remains in the vineyard. It is comprised of thicker and heavier adobe soils with small amounts of gravel which are perfect for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. The ideal growing conditions in the vineyard allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the green, leafy taste of under-ripe fruit.