Cask 321 2008
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 2008 vintage had a dramatic growing season, with frost damaging vineyard buds and heat spikes during bloom in May and in August. It delivered a very small crop due to these extremes but with an exceptional quality. The vintage produced wines that are very rich and full-bodied and well-balanced, with plenty of tannins for aging.
This wine shows the earthiness of Cabernet Franc and the polish of Cabernet Sauvignon. This fruit forward wine with great intensity has aromas and flavors rich dark cherry, deep cassis, tobacco and finishing with dark chocolate. The soft oak flavors and tannins are well integrated.
Cabernet Sauvignon is 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 Oakville, where warm daytime temperatures ripen brings the fruit to express 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, lamb and game meats such as venison and elk.
24 months in new French Oak of medium toast
Drinkable upon release. Age worthy for another decade or more.