2016 Clockwise Red Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon
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Red Blend
Napa Valley
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About this Wine

Our Clockwise Napa Valley Red Wine was crafted using four of the five traditional Bordeaux varietals and is composed of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot, and 9% Malbec, yielding a layered and complex Cabernet-based red blend in a more classically Old World style.

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Tasting Notes

This Bordeaux blend reveals a lovely nose of blackberry, with hints of spice from extended aging in French oak. On the palate, it is soft, supple, and deeply nuanced, with lush layers of black cherry, licorice, earth, and black tea gliding to a long, silky finish.

Winemaking

The grapes were harvested in late September of 2016 and destemmed and crushed into open-top fermenters. During fermentation, the grapes were pumped over two times a day for maximum extraction, with an extended maceration to achieve the color and tannin levels we were looking for. The wine was then pressed off of the skins and aged for almost 36 months in 60% new French oak barrels. Bottling occurred on August 23rd, 2019.

Vineyard

For almost 30 years, MacRostie has focused on making benchmark Sonoma County Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. While this focus has allowed us to cultivate a remarkable level of experience, we are wine lovers who also find joy in exploring and discovering new regions and new wines. This is why, several years ago, we began incubating a new winery here at MacRostie. We called it Clockwise—a name that captures many of the elements that are important to us from a winemaking perspective, including timing, wisdom, and knowledge. Just like at MacRostie, the winemaking for Clockwise is guided by gifted Winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen and winemaking icon Steve MacRostie. Earlier this year we released a Cabernet Sauvignon. This is its counterpart, a Napa Valley Bordeaux Blend. Using four of the five traditional varietals, this wine is composed of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Petit Verdot, 16% Merlot and 9% Malbec, yielding a layered and complex Cabernet-based red blend in a more classically Old World style.

Technical Notes
  • composition:

    46% Cabernet Sauvignon
    9% Merlot
    16% Malbec
    29% Petit Verdot

  • alcohol: 14.3%
  • cases made:

    13 Barrels
    327 Cases

  • bottling date: 08/23/2019
  • aging:

    Aged 36 months in French oak; 60% new

  • fermentation:

    Five day cold soak, 2x/day punchdowns with extended maceration

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