4 Decade Napa veteran‘s Power House Cabernet

Sandi Belcher is an industry veteran having made the Long wines (now Gandona winery) on Pritchard Hill for2 decades. After Long vineyards was sold, Sandi started making with with partner John Arns and here we are 2 decades later and she is still going strong. The Arns Estate vineyard sits at the bottom of Howell Mountain, just outside its appellation.

“The joy of farming has its many ups and downs. Oftentimes, the most difficult growing season results in the most beautiful wines.  2015 was no exception as it was a rollercoaster of twists, turns and plunges with its distinct set of challenges.  Premature arrival of bud break came in February (very early) with tropic-like humidity in March, a cold snap during bloom, and yields down by approximately 50% due to shatter. Despite it all, the fruit that was harvested exuded beautiful flavor and tannin development and ARNS Cabernet was simply gorgeous. It could be the wine of the Century.“

Arns 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon “Estate” Napa Valley
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The wine offers up an intense boldly fruited nose of cassis,  black plums and espresso beans with a touch of tobacco. The lush wine is medium to full-bodied, the palate is loaded with chocolate, dark plums, hint of savory spices. Very classic Napa Cabernet from the foot of Howell Mountain that should cellar well for up to two decades.

Winemaker Tasting Notes: “A very unique Estate Grown Cabernet displaying all the intensity of a hillside vineyard. Our site is located just below Howell Mountain.  The relative shortness of crop can be seen in its concentrated flavors of dark chocolate, mint, blackberries, red cherries, anise and layers of spice.“

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