Cask 321 2006
Exclusive wines, handcrafted in very small lots, available only from the Winery
Gabrielle’s Flagship Wine
CASK 321 History: Equilateral Cask 321 Cabernet Sauvignon is a signature wine for Vintner, Gabrielle Leonhard. Her first release- a 350 case production of the 03 vintage- was a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Cabernet Franc. Cask 321 symbolizes the blend ratio, which will remain the same evermore.
“GABRIELLE LIMITED Cabernet Sauvignons represent my expression of classic Cabernet blends that capture individual varietal character and Napa’s varied terroir with the goal of producing wines of exquisite balance and finesse.” – Gabrielle
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc
The 2006 vintage has intensity and concentration of fruit due to the long, late season that resulted from cooler-than-normal, but even temperatures during September and October.
This wine shows the earthiness of Cabernet Franc and the polish of Cabernet Sauvignon. This fruit forward wine has aromas and flavors dark cherry, cassis, tobacco and dark chocolate, finishing with a delight spice of pink peppercorns. The soft oak flavors and tannins are well integrated.
The Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the family’s organically grown O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard. The fruit from this block is prized for its ability to harmonize the flavor components of a wine into a seamless integrated tasting experience- smooth and elegant in the mouth. The Cabernet Franc comes from Pope Valley, where optimum ripening brings out the rich earthiness of the varietal.
If you like Cabernet and Chocolate- this is your wine! Great with all cuts of beef- grilled or roasted and classic dishes of Beef Stroganoff and Boeuf Bourgogne.
48 months in new French Oak of medium toast
Drinkable upon release. Age worthy for another decade or more. We expect the ’06 vintage to be a long-lived wine.