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2014 Kuleto Napa County Native Son

2014 Kuleto Napa County Native Son

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$34.99
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SKU: 007339

A collision of old and new world styles, marrying our juiciest, spiciest Cabernet and Merlot, our most opulent, warm, fruit-driven Zinfandel, some dark peppery Petite Sirah, and our mouthwateringly grippy Sangiovese.

Winemaker Notes
A collision of old and new world styles, the expected and not, this wine marries our juiciest and spiciest Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, our most opulent, warm, fruit-driven Zinfandel, some dark peppery Petite Sirah, and our mouthwateringly grippy Sangiovese - just enough to drive your senses crazy. The resulting blend conjures up images of old head-trained California mixed field plantings. The 2014 Native Son smells like the heat of summer with its sun-baked berry, toasted nut, and blackened wood aromas. It is so evocative of these warm eastern hills of the Napa Valley in summer. The mouth is super-smooth, thick and incredibly deep. A perfect summer grilling wine. A perfect winter roasting wine. A delicious wine all the way around.
Composition
35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, 15% Merlot, 10% Sangiovese
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Red Blends
Appellation
Napa Valley
Acid
5.6 g/L
pH
3.75
Aging
17 months in French & American oak barrels, and Hungarian puncheons, 25% new oak
Alcohol %
14.80
Production Notes
Our blends are in essence three distinct interpretations of our estate. Beyond showcasing terroir and varieties, they give our winemaker, Dave Lattin, a chance to express his own artistic vision of the property. By mixing grapes from different locations on the estate Dave can create wines that are deep, lush, complex and wonderfully individualistic.
Vineyard Notes
To create the kinds of finished wines that make up our three Red Blends, it is critical that farming is controlled directly by the winery. Our blends are therefore produced from fruit grown at the Kuleto Estate and in our premiere estate vineyards throughout Napa County. Where we deliberately give up a bit of winery control is in our unusual approach to harvest and fermentation. Instead of waiting for enough of a particular variety to ripen fully for the sake of having a pure tank or lot, we often combine whatever fruit happens to be perfectly ripe at the moment. While co-fermentation of different varieties has not been the default protocol in the New World, it is intuitive and natural. It’s also the genesis of our multi-varietal blends.

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