Red Cap Vineyards is located at the top of Howell Mountain on distinctive, volcanic, brick-red soil. This soil not only inspired the winery’s name, it helps to produce fruit of incredible depth and richness.
2017 was a wild year for Napa growers. An exceptionally wet winter followed by the some of the warmest temperatures on record really challenged the grapes. In addition, late-season wildfires disrupted harvest and cost many their crop. Favourable winds spared Howell Mountain from the fires and smoke and we eventually got all the fruit in.
The 2017 bottling is another beautiful wine. More on the savoury side with fantastic complexity, it offers leather, tobacco, and bay laurel wrapped around a core of blackberry, cassis and plum. Mouth feel is classic Red Cap, extremely clean and balanced with silky, mature tannins and great acidity. The long, complex finish completes the experience leaving you amazed and wanting more.
Because Red Cap produces only 300 or so cases of Cabernet every vintage, they do not submit their wines to the popular press. Given the pedigree of this wine over the last few vintages, you will no doubt be impressed by the musculature and complexity of this mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.