B Side Cabernet Sauvignon delivers the pinnacle of a lush Napa Valley wine, a classic expression of this world renowned growing region. On the nose, beautiful notes of cassis, licorice and blackberry are framed with dark, toasty oak from 14 months of aging. A ripe, rich and layered glass of wine abundant with bold fruit flavors and subtle nuances of toffee, espresso and dark chocolate. This wine reflects its origin, with powerful structure, firm tannins and a perfectly finessed finish.
Harvest 2015 was very delightful in Napa, due to good weather and a relatively poor crop set. The flowering season was uneven in the springtime which led to less grape clusters per vine. As a result, the available grapes were able to harness the power of the vine to develop rich fruit flavors with deep tannic power. Rich color and pure, extracted flavors were the outcome of the 2015 vintage. We suggest coveting this stellar vintage as the wines will thrive from extra age in the bottle. Indulgent and expressive now but will continue to further develop over time.
Napa Valley is recognized as one of the top wine regions in the United States and it’s not surprising. It’s unique for the diversity of its soils found in such a small geographical area. Bordered by two mountain ranges, the valley stretches approximately 30 miles North to South, one mile East to West at its narrow Northern end and 5 miles at its widest point near the town of Napa. Its maritime climate of warm days and cool nights coupled with deep, yet not excessively fertile, soils makes it ideally suited for the cultivation of ultra-premium grapes.
Our grapes are sourced from noteworthy vineyards in prestigious sub-appellations of Napa Valley; Atlas Peak, Yountville, Oak Knoll and Oakville. These areas provide for the well-structured and distinctive characters of B Side Cabernet Sauvignon. Atlas Peak is one of most highly elevated regions in the Napa Valley, providing direct sunlight to the grapes with limited amounts of cool fog coming in from the Bay. This area is known to contribute to the balance of acidity in the wine. The Yountville, Oak Knoll and Oakville AVAs are known for creating fruit-forward grapes due to longer hang time and sun exposure. The balance of these varieties add softness and complexity to the wine; the Merlot, Malbec contribute fruity richness, while small percentages of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah add depth and velvety texture.
B Side wines tell the story of the flip-side of Napa Valley. Nestled in rural areas and rolling hills along the eastern edge of the Valley, these vineyards are just a few miles from prestigious wineries featured along Highway 29. The eastern side of Napa Valley includes areas such as Pope Valley, Chiles Valley, Wooden Valley, Stags Leap District and lower Calistoga. Vines in these areas are grown in thin volcanic soils, which yield smaller, more concentrated fruit.