2017

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

For Quilt Napa Valley, we focus on vineyards with well-draining, low-nutritive soils that stress the vines. The result of these soils is a grape crop with extraordinary concentration of flavor, color, and texture. While the majority of the fruit (70%) comes from the floor of the Napa Valley to achieve the richness and elegance desired, we also relied on some grapes grown at elevation on Napa Valley benchlands and hillsides for a final blend with more structure and complexity than we could have achieved had we used fruit grown solely on the Valley floor.

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VINEYARDS
We source fruit from these Napa Valley AVAs: Oakville, St Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain.
WINEMAKER NOTES
For Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon, the winemaking process started by picking fruit at precisely the right moment. Often this meant waiting until ripeness--determined both by testing sugar levels as well as by assessing other aspects of phenological readiness--had reached an ideal point. Once in the cellar, we kept lots separated by vineyard. While the wine underwent extended maceration, we re-evaluated the progress of each lot before moving the wine to small French oak barrels (70% new oak, 30% seasoned) where it underwent a secondary fermentation. Our final blend came about after numerous blind tastings.
TASTING NOTES

Color Deep, dark brick red to blood plum

Aromas A seamless blend of crème de cassis, hazelnut, cocoa, blackberry preserves, a charry meat toastiness, dark fruits and blackberry pie along with suggestions of dark licorice, stewed rhubarb, strawberry, spice and vanillin.

Palate Rich and satisfying with chocolate brownie, yogurt, molasses, brown sugar and rhubarb notes presented in perfect balance with higher-toned fruit emphasis.

Structure The wine’s weight is first felt on the front of the palate but then coats the entire mouth with placating tannin and a light, pleasing grittiness. This weight, ideally counterpoised alongside the acid, leaves the mouth watering. Great persistence on the finish.

$59.00 / Bottle
$50.15 Club Price
$637.20 / Case
$531.00 Club Price
2014

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve

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Our Cabernet Sauvignons garner their style from the diverse array of vineyards in Napa’s mountain, benchland and valley floor areas. Within each of these unique topographies, we focus on locations with well drained, nutrient deprived soils that can stress the vines. With proper farming, the grapes from these locations possess extraordinary concentration of flavor, color, and texture. Cabernet Sauvignon does not lend itself to vineyard designation. Quite the contrary. Cab thrives when blending multiple vineyard sites especially in places as diverse as Napa Valley with its multitude of soils, slopes, and pockets of unique weather.

Our approach is to create a perfect balance in this Cab by marrying the weight and firm tannins of the mountains with the supple fruit forward notes of the valley floor and honoring the natural acidity.

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VINEYARDS
We source fruit from Napa Valley AVA including: Oakville, St Helena, Atlas Peak, Coombsville, Calistoga, and Howell Mountain
WINEMAKER NOTES
For Quilt Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, the winemaking process started by picking fruit at precisely the right moment. Often this meant waiting until ripeness--determined both by testing sugar levels as well as by assessing other aspects of phenological readiness--had reached an ideal point. Once in the cellar, we kept lots separated by vineyard. While the wine underwent extended maceration, we re-evaluated the progress of each lot before moving the wine to small French oak barrels (70% new oak, 30% seasoned) where it underwent a secondary fermentation. Our final blend (100% Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon) came about after numerous blind tastings.
TASTING NOTES

Color Deep, dark ruby red

Aromatics A complex and bold assemblage of dark currant, chocolate hazelnut cream, coffee beans, dark and dense fruits, vanilla, red plum, baking spices and wild berry, along with hints of strawberry, wild field herbs, tobacco and roasted meats.

Palate Bold and intense, with blackberry cobbler, crème de cassis, toasted hazelnut, chocolate, toffee and strawberry judiciously balanced with dark and wild berry fruits, licorice, cardamom seeds and baked rhubarb pie.

Structure A full-bodied wine with layers of complexity, concentrated black fruit and excellent balance.  The wine’s breadth and structure is complemented by a supple, velvety mouthfeel, with the wine coating the mouth with satisfying tannins.  The finish is long and satisfying.

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$112.00 / Bottle
$95.20 Club Price
$672.00 / Case
$571.20 Club Price
2017

Napa Valley Chardonnay

For this Chardonnay, we rely almost entirely on vineyards from the Carneros District where the climate is distinctly cooler and foggier than ‘up valley’. Carneros is a world unto itself. Much of its soil is dense clay due to the region’s proximity to San Pablo Bay. This soil, combined with the marine influence of cool winds, brings about Chardonnay fruit with impressive structure and a flinty minerality.

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VINEYARDS
We source our Chardonnay fruit primarily from the southernmost stretches of the Carneros AVA, where vineyards have been planted close to the cool San Pablo Bay.
WINEMAKER NOTES
As harvest approaches, we regularly assessed sugar levels, acidity and pH to determine when the Chardonnay fruit for Quilt was ready to be picked. But more importantly, we waited for phenolic/physiological maturity. We wanted autumn to set in, with hard, brown seeds, copper canes, and yellowing of the canopy and a slight tan to the golden clusters. This gave us the assurance that we would have no green tones in the wine and that this Chardonnay would be opulent and showy. Once in the cellar, we whole-cluster pressed in a bladder press. The free run juice settled for 48 hours at which point we racked off heavy lees and barrel-fermented the wine in 59-gallon French oak barrels (70% new, 30% seasoned) for 15 months. The wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation while still on the lees to achieve additional creaminess and complexity.
TASTING NOTES

Color Pale yellow with golden highlights

Aromatics Crisp yellow pear, fuji apple, meyer lemon, honey, and a hint of caramel.

Palate Meyer lemon zest, nectarine, ripe pear, yellow apple, and kiwi with intertwined notes of cantaloupe and pineapple.

Structure Bright, medium-bodied, and rich with smooth and generous layers. Complex, mouthwatering acidity with a lively finish.

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$36.00 / Bottle
$30.60 Club Price
$388.80 / Case
$330.48 Club Price