New from RSV… The 2017 POV!
It has been well documented that 2017 was a pivotal year in Napa Valley as it was the first year of the climate-driven mega-fires. Some of the Merlot and Cabernet Franc on the Vandal Vineyard was picked before the fires started while any fruit, like the Cabernet Sauvignon, that was still on the vine after the fires began was abandoned. The total production from 2017 was dramatically reduced as a result of the fires.
The good news is that the fruit that came in was gorgeous! Low yields combined with organic, regenerative farming allowed the fruit to achieve full physiological ripeness while harvesting at night helped maintain natural acidity. Each vineyard block was fermented separately with native yeast and aged in 30% new French oak for two years before being blended by taste to create this delicious cuvée.
The 2017 vintage of POV is a dark, rich, and handsome wine. It is a quiet, brooding and deliciously enjoyable beverage with unexpected intensity. The aromas and flavors of generous crushed berries and ripe plum were a gift from the late summer warmth. The impeccable Cabernet Franc shines with dark blackberry, savory, slightly-herbaceous notes of lavender, bay laurel, rosemary and fennel backed by olive and dark chocolate, while the Merlot adds a hint of blueberry to the mid-palate. The finished cuvée has a sense of precision as the fruit is balanced by firm tannins and a refreshing, mouthwatering crispness that should keep the wine youthful for years to come. Enjoy with something as simple as a wood oven pizza or dress it up with roast duck and wild rice, a beautiful grass-fed ribeye, leg of lamb or a mushroom risotto.
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