Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California, United States
Vintage: 2014 (Current) | 2015 (Current)
Wine & Spirits
December 1, 2017, Josh Greene
“A joint venture between Christian Moueix and MMD USA, Champagne Louis Roederer’s importing company in California, this is made from purchased fruit by Moueix’s winemaking team at Dominus. It’s lean and gamey, with juicy red fruit touched by rose scents and salty, meaty tannins. Those slightly brash tannins will meld with roast game birds, like squab stuffed with chestnuts.”
Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon is made in a classic winemaking style, respecting the characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape. The wine is fruit forward, elegant, and exhibits soft tannins, making it pleasant to drink in its youth. Oak is used sparingly to keep Carpe Diem fresh and vibrant.
Grapes for the Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon have been selected exclusively from the best vineyards in world-renowned Napa Valley. Vinified under the strict supervision of Christian Moueix‘s winemaking team in Yountville, California, Carpe Diem embodies the essence of Napa Valley classic Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a refreshing and straightforward wine expressing its bountiful fruit with bright aromas of wild strawberries and soft tannins.
2014 was characterized by a very dry early winter with heavy rains in February and continued rainfall in March and April (February: 11.7 inches | March: 4 inches | April: 2 inches). Average temperatures were higher than historical averages, with minor heat spikes in June (101 F) and in July (103 F). No heat spikes were recorded in August or September.
Varietals: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Fermentation: Stainless steel
Aging: 12 months in barrel
Aging Potential: 3-5 years
Cases Produced: 4,000 – 9 Litre cases