Gabrielle Collection

Equilateral 2014

An Artistic Expression of Cabernet Sauvignon Handcrafted by Gabrielle

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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.

Varietal

100% Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Estate Grown O’Connell Family Vineyards Balance is essential to achieve quality and enjoyment

The Wine

Aromas...a rich mid-palette of complex fruitiness playing against elegantly structured tannins...a lingering finish. The perfect triangle- Equilateral- symbolizes Gabrielle ideal. Another textbook growing season with ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, warm days, cool nights during summer and a nice crop size. The rains held off until the grapes found optimal ripeness and exceptional quality.

Tasting Notes

This wine is classic Cabernet Sauvignon with the estate distinction: Bright red berry fruits, a touch of earthiness, vanilla, and thyme with a lovely long finish. The aromatics are deep and lively.

Vineyards

Select barrels from O’Connell Family Vineyard Estate Creek Block, Olive Block and Apple Block were blended until beautiful elegance prevailed. The cooler climate of the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley allowed slow ripening to express its complex structure, retaining great acidity, which is Gabrielle’s preference, as this perfectly pairs with food.

Food Pairing

Grilled lamb finished with lavender honey, Dijon mustard and fresh thyme; mild wild game meats; filet mignon brushed with savory olive oil, accented with GC Napa Valley Cabernet Sea Salt and Lavender Tellicherry Pepper; grilled Portobello mushrooms.

Oak Program

Barrel aged in new and once used French Oak for approximately 4 years

Case Production

225

Cellaring

Drinkable fall 2018. Age worthy 20+ years with good cellar conditions