Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon & aged for 20 months in 100% new French oak, the wine displays a deep garnet-purple color. It races out of the glass with vivacious notes of plum preserves, blueberry pie and warm cassis plus hints of hoisin and exotic spices. The palate is full-bodied and packed with layers of spice accented black fruit preserves, framed by firm, finely grained tannins and lively freshness, finishing long and minerally.
Vines leapt into action in 2017 with replenished water tables after years of drought. Early vegetative growth was strong, but not excessive, and crop yields were moderate to heavy given a warm summer. Severe heat early into harvest caused concern but pushed sites like ours along. Our entire harvest wrapped before the devastating 2017 North Bay fires.
Oakville is known for producing some of the most sought-after wines from Napa Valley. Locally referred to as the ‘heart and soul’ of Napa, Oakville is centered between the cool reaches of the San Francisco Bay to the south, and the warmer inland air in St. Helena. Sourced entirely from a premier single vineyard on the eastern side of the Oakville appellation, the vines are rooted in red, rocky soil rich in iron with the volcanic strata reflective of the Vaca Mountains directly to the east. Sitting at approximately 190 feet, this area of Oakville transitions to the flats of the Napa River plain in step-like formations. Some scattered remains of Franciscan assemblage linger in the area, washed out long ago of the Lake Hennessey region through the ancient Conn Creek drainage. This diverse geology makes wine growing in this area particularly rewarding, resulting in wines consistently revered by connoisseurs and critics alike.
Robert Parker 96 Points
From acclaimed winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown
About Senses Winery
Senses Wines is the dream of three childhood friends. Chris, Max and Myles partnered with critically acclaimed winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown, to produce world-class wines from renowned vineyards owned by their families. Since founding in 2011, Senses production has grown to include many coveted vineyard sites throughout northern California.
The Senses estate vineyards are located in the West Sonoma Coast region of Sonoma County, specifically in the small town of Occidental where the three founders grew up.
Our wines embody the natural and distinct characteristics of the vineyards from where the grapes are grown. Our team believes the vineyards are Senses’ greatest assets, and we meticulously farm each vine so the winemaking process can be as hands-off as possible. This approach ensures the complexity and finesse we expect for each wine, vintage after vintage. Grapes are hand sampled and harvested at ideal ripeness, cold-soaked for a few days, fermented with yeasts indigenous to the vineyard, and ultimately pressed and barreled into a selection of our favorite French cooperages.