Gabrielle Collection

Equilateral 2012

An Artistic Expression of Cabernet Sauvignon Handcrafted by Gabrielle

SMALL PRODUCTION DISTINCTIVE CABERNET SAUVIGNONS

The Gabrielle Collection is a winery that produces a collection of handcrafted Cabernet Sauvignons, which bring out the diverse personalities of the noble Cabernet grape through artful blending. Each wine has a distinctive label that symbolizes a specific aspect of Winemaker, Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell, philosophy: taste the vintage, varietal character and sense of place through the winemaker’s artistic point of view to create artful blended, food driven, and exquisitely balanced wines.

EQUILATERAL CABERNET SAUVIGNON, ESTATE GROWN OAK KNOLL DISTRICT OF NAPA VALLEY 2012

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Estate Grown O’Connell Family Vineyards

The Wine

EQUILATERAL expresses the balanced triangle of the wine experience: beautiful aromas…a rich mid-palette of complex fruitiness playing against elegantly structured tannins…a lingering finish. The perfect triangle- Equilateral- symbolizes Gabrielle ideal. Textbook growing season describes the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest: Ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, warm days, cool nights during summer. The rains held off until the grapes found optimal ripeness and exceptional quality.

Tasting Notes

This wine is classic Cabernet Sauvignon: Deep berry fruits, toast, and a touch of vanilla with a lovely long finish.

Vineyards

The O’Connell Family Estate Creek Block, Olive Block and Apple Block Cabernet Sauvignon were meticulously blended until beautiful elegance prevailed. The cooler climate of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley provided deep structure and complexity. The Cabernet is medium bodied, which is Gabrielle’s preference, as this allows the wine to perfectly pair with food.

Food Pairing

Grilled lamb finished with lavender honey mustard sauce, elk with a classic bordelaise sauce, filet mignon brushed with savory olive oil, accented with GC Cabernet Sea Salt and Lavender Tellichery Pepper.

Oak Program

Barrel aged in new and once used French Oak for 30 months.

Case Production

245

Cellaring

Drinkable late 2015. Age worthy 20+ years with good cellar conditions.