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Jon Nathaniel Wines

2012 Black Arrow Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Black Arrow Cabernet Sauvignon

What it tastes like to us...

Rare and powerful, the Black Arrow is what you pull out of your quiver to pierce the thirst of that fiery dragon within. We don’t make it every year, so when we do, we make sure it hits the mark. In 2012 we taste: dark, brambly fruit – black cherry, black raspberry, boysenberry. Plus all those gratifying notes from the wine’s time in American oak: vanilla, coconut, clove, cinnamon. It’s concentrated, structured, with a good tannic backbone. This wine is reaching its prime right about now. You could cellar it longer, but honestly, why wait? Smaug is waiting…

What Mother Nature delivered...

If you look up “Napa Valley 2012 Vintage” in the dictionary you’ll find the words “classic,” “perfect,” and “ideal.” Just kidding. The dictionary doesn’t have that listing, but those words do describe the ’12 vintage. Every day that growing season we woke up, looked at the sky, and said “another perfect day in Napa Valley.” Sure there was a drought, but the long stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights let the grapes do what they do best. Who are we to complain?

What we did then...

Handpicked, hand sorted the grapes, then slipped them into a small stainless tank where they did a “cold soak” for four days – something we do to bring out the color without the influence of alcohol (plenty of time for that later). The wine aged in an American oak barrel for 22 months, and we racked it a few times from barrel to barrel to give it a little oxygen. The wine was bottled without fining; it’s been resting comfortably in our cellar ever since.

If you don’t want to read all of the above:

Appellation: Napa Valley
Varietal: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Aging: 22 months

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