Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California, United States
July 20, 2020, James Molesworth
“Bright and direct, with up-front Linzer torte and cherry compote flavors, accented by sassafras and dried savory hints. Drink now through 2024.”
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.
Grapes for the Carpe Diem Cabernet Sauvignon have been selected exclusively from the best vineyards in world-renowned Napa Valley.
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.
A refreshing and straightforward wine expressing its bountiful fruit with bright aromas of wild strawberries and soft tannins.
A very wet winter and spring (63 inches for the season July 2016 to June 2017, record breaking rainfall in January at 22.5 inches and February at 16.5 inches) preceded high average temperatures from bloom to harvest. With soil water reserves full and warm temperatures in May and June, vines grew quickly with dense canopies.
Several significant heat waves were recorded on June 18 (105°F), July 7 & 16 (104°F, 106°F), August 26, 27 and 31 (105°F, 104°F, 102°F) and on September 1, 2 and 10 (112°F: record, 109°F, 101°F).
Ripening was fast and homogenous. The severe heat wave before harvest induced significant crop loss (berry sun burn & dehydration). Optical sorting was thus critical.
Varietals: 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Wine Alcohol: 14.5%
Fermentation: Stainless steel
New Oak: 10%
Aging: 12 months in barrel
Aging Potential: 3-5 years
Cases Produced: 3,900 – 9 Litre cases