VINTAGE & WINEMAKING
The creation of the 3150 blend starts in the Vale Vineyard located at 3150 Silverado Trail in the Oak Knoll AVA. On its gently sloped rocky soil, this vineyard is meticulously cared for by its owner Catherine (Katy) Vale. Each year Trail 3150 produces a unique blend from the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec planted on the property. Katy personally oversees all aspects of vineyard including cultivation, as well as the harvest. This care and commitment to quality follow the fruit from the vineyard to the winery where Katy also oversees the production of the wine. Longer cold soaks before fermentation, yeast and temperature control are key to giving the blend its richness and balance. After fermentation an early marriage is in order. Blending these wines after ML completion gives them a chance to come together and complement each other. Aging in 50% new French Oak barrels helps lift the fruit aromatic to new heights while rounding out the tannins and providing a supple mouthfeel. The aging time in the barrel is always dictated by the wine. Tasting the wine in barrel will let Katy know when it is time to bottle. Typically barrel integration will take 24-30 months, depending on vintage.
Dark Plum color in the glass with rich vibrant edges. The fruit jumps out of the glass as ripe strawberry, blackberry and chocolate covered cherries dance in the air surrounded by clove and cinnamon. A full rich pallet and long finish are supported by supple tannins and flavors of blackberry jam, dark chocolate and brown sugar.
Vale Vineyard, Oak Knoll District, Napa Valley
33% Cabernet Sauvignon
21 months total
50% New Oak
October 15 - November 17
291 6-pack cases
"...complex, medium-bodied floral style...a juicy spine of acidity, and a great finish...a pretty elegant wine."
"Rich, savory aromas of stewed
black cherries, rosemary and cloves ... full-bodied with firm, smooth tannins."
"This wine is perfumed, structured and nicely fruity, with an earthy backbone."