We are very pleased to present the 2001 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 245 cases of this inaugural release from Delgadillo Cellars were produced. Be sure to order early, as we do not anticipate this vintage to be available for long.
With 40 months in barrel and five years in bottle, the 2001 Delgadillo Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon has been beautifully aged in ideal cellar conditions before its release. This vintage opens with a generous, intense bouquet of red and black fruits, white pepper, cherry, and vanilla. The palate closely echoes the nose, leading to a long, lingering finish of soft, round tannins. As this vintage opens up in the glass, tannins round out and soften and the wine evolves even bigger on the palate.
Grape SourceThis wine was sourced from Mill Creek Vineyard, situated on the west side of the Napa River, midway between St. Helena and Calistoga on the northern end of the Napa Valley. Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted on the gently-sloping 2 ½-acre site in the early 1970s. Meticulously hand tended, the vines are spur pruned and ladder trained. The site is completely dry-farmed, and annual tonnage ranges from 2.5 to 4.5 tons.
Winemaking TechniqueGrapes were harvested in the cool early morning hours to ensure clusters arrived at the press in near perfect condition. After destemming, a whole berry fermentation lasted 8 days before a gentle basket press separated wine from the skin cap, capturing nearly free run juice. After malolactic inoculation, the wine was transferred into French oak (50% new) for 40 months.