2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Hanna’s 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon was grown on our Red Ranch in Alexander Valley. Below Hoot Owl Creek, this benchland ranch is planted on Clough Series gravelly loam soil. Above Hoot Owl, it is planted on Laughlin Series Sandy Loam. These are soils of two foot depth and less. The vineyard is planted to 50 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 acres of Malbec, two-and-a-half acres of Merlot, two acres of Petit Verdot, and just over a half acre of Saint Macaire. The Cabernet is planted to clones 7, 2 and 6. The Merlot is planted to clone 3.
Vintage 2016: Following adequate winter rains, the 2016 growing season began early again as the trend toward warmer winters continues. There was almost no frost pressure and the season progressed without significant weather worries. A single heat spike in July was short lived. This was followed by a glorious, easy ripening August and September that allowed the grapes to hang until late September into mid-October. Grapes for this blend were harvested from September 27, until October 12 at an average of 25.8o Brix.
Winemaking: We hand harvested in the cool hours from midnight to sunrise. The grapes were hand-sorted, destemmed and partially crushed to stainless steel fermentation tanks. Pressing was done to taste, based on daily tastings of the wines after pumpover, with an average of seven days skin contact. The newly pressed wines were racked to tank and allowed to settle before barreling. The wine was racked three times in its first year and once in its second year. Aging was in 100% new 60 gallon French & Hungarian barrels from Remond, Treuil and Trust.
Reserve Status: We regularly taste through our lots of Bordeaux reds. Exceptional lots and barrels are designated as potential blending components for our Reserve wines; criteria are intensity of fruit, complexity, suppleness, color and potential for longevity.
Tasting Notes: Our 2016 Reserve Cabernet is a ripe aubergine. It exudes aromas of warm blackberry pie, plum pudding, anise, toasted kabocha and a whisper of saddlery. Layered, echoic flavors entice with the added complexity of black peppercorn and cassis. Texturally, the wine is viscous and concentrated; yet despite its enormity is polished, supple and cultured, with finely wrought tannins that bring the wine’s finish to a harmonious, silken crescendo. (Tasted 3-30-18)
80% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Saint Macaire
HANNA Red Ranch blocks 4, 2, 11, 1, 5, 7, 15, 33, and 21 in Alexander Valley
Age of Vines:
Up to 26 years
Titratable Acidity (TA): 0.45 g/100 mL
Residual Sugar: 0%
September 27, to October 12, 2016
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 25.8o
Fermentation: Inoculated with selected commercial yeasts, 7-8 days skin contact.
Malolactic fermentation: 100% of blend
Length/Type of Aging: 18 months in barrel
Oak Types: 100% new Remond, Treuil and Trust.
Bottling Date: July 2, 2018
Number of Cases: 610