MFV Cabernet Sauvignon

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Blend: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot

Winemaker: Chris Phelps

Single-Vineyard:  The Mueller Family Vineyard consists of five distinct hillside blocks planted on 1.4 acres at an elevation of 1,100 feet in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. The slope ranges from five to 30 percent.

Soils:  Hambright Series. The surface layer is gravelly loam, over rocky, cobbled clay-loam subsoil, ideal conditions for red Bordeaux varietals.

2015 Growing Season: After a relatively warm winter, the growing season began early, staying ahead of average from bud break through harvest. Variable spring weather and ongoing drought conditions for the third consecutive year led to lower-than-normal yields. A small crop of highly concentrated fruit allowed us to make very focused and balanced wines that express their hillside origin.

Winemaking:  Following destemming, the must was cold-soaked for 72 hours before the start of fermentation.  After a 22-day maceration, free-run wine was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, 65% of which were new.

 Tasting Notes:  Opaque and deep ruby red in appearance, the 2015 Mueller Family Cabernet Sauvignon opens with ripe, intense and compelling aromas of cassis, kirsch, blackberry, clove and red licorice. Very nuanced hints of forest floor and cedar linger in the background. Most remarkable of all is the coverage on the palate, which is complete and seamless, with velvety tannins that add significant depth and breadth to this wine. The French oak is remarkably well-integrated, adding notes of exotic vanilla, cocoa and spice that carry the wine into a very lengthy, lingering finish that suggests a long life in bottle. Enjoy through 2035.

Bottled:  June 2017

Production:  159 cases

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot

Single-Vineyard:  The Mueller Family Vineyard consists of five distinct hillside blocks planted on 1.4 acres at an elevation of 1,100 feet in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. The slope ranges from five to 30 percent.

Soils:  Hambright Series. The surface layer is gravelly loam, over rocky, cobbled clay-loam subsoil, ideal conditions for red Bordeaux varietals.

2014 Growing Season:  Spring was warm and dry, leading to early bud break, even canopy vigor and smooth flowering and fruit set. With the exception of brief heat spikes in June and July, the season was mild. Cool sunny days at the end of September allowed us to harvest during the first week of October.

Winemaking:  Following destemming, the must was cold-soaked 72 hours before  fermentation.  After a 26-day maceration, free-run wine was then aged 21 months in French oak barrels, 65% of which were new.

Tasting Notes:  The dark ruby-colored wine shows alluring aromas immediately after pouring; it is very fragrant with focused ultra-ripe black cherry and blackberry. Creamy vanilla and toast are well-integrated and layered with the fruit. In the mouth, the texture is excellent – truly an “iron fist in a velvet glove”. This is a big wine, but it is also seductive, with a harmony between acid, tannin, oak and fruit. There are hints of tobacco leaf and black licorice. The finish is long and lingering, with crème de cassis, ripe raspberry and sweet oak.  Enjoy through 2025-2030.

Bottled:  August 5, 2016

Production:  150 cases

 

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot

Single-Vineyard:  The Mueller Family Vineyard consists of five distinct hillside blocks planted on 1.4 acres at an elevation of 1,100 feet in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. The slope ranges from five to 30 percent.

Soils:  Hambright Series. The surface layer is gravelly loam, over rocky, cobbled clay-loam subsoil, ideal conditions for red Bordeaux varietals.

2013 Growing Season: Modest early-season and summer temperatures in the first of three dry years in Napa Valley transitioned to sustained hot weather in late September. Cooler nights in October for the two weeks before harvest helped the fruit to retain good color and flavors.

Winemaking:  After gentle destemming, the must was cold-soaked before primary fermentation.  Following a 22-day maceration on the skins, the free-run wine was aged for 21 months in French oak barrels, 65% of which were new.

Tasting Notes: Color is dark ruby red with a violet-hued edge. Entry is sweet and inviting. Aromas are complex, with cassis bud, liquid cassis, and savory herbs, including wild mountain sage, which grows adjacent to the vineyard blocks. On the palate, there is a compelling supple balance of sweet French oak and dark fruits. The wine is youthful, and very much a classic Napa Valley hillside Cabernet Sauvignon – the tannins are firm and substantial. With time in the glass, the finish is quite surprising, with the emergence of dried ripe cherries and cherry pie and a softening of the tannins into a refined texture. Enjoy through 2025.

Bottled:  July 2015

Production: 339 cases

 

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Petit Verdot

Single-Vineyard:  The Mueller Family Vineyard consists of five distinct hillside blocks planted on 1.4 acres at an elevation of 1,100 feet in Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District. The slope ranges from five to 30 percent.

Soils:  Hambright Series. The surface layer is gravelly loam, over rocky, cobbled clay-loam subsoil, ideal conditions for red Bordeaux varietals.

2012 Growing Season: The growing season for the 2012 vintage was long and cool.  The grapes hung on the vines for an extended period of time, gaining in flavor while tannins developed perfectly.  Acidity remained in balance throughout the ripening process, further setting the stage for a remarkable vintage.

Winemaking:  Grapes were harvested on October 13, 2012, at 24.3 brix. After gentle destemming, the must was cold-soaked before primary fermentation. The wine rested with the skins for 14 days, then it was pressed off and aged in for 19 months in French oak barrels, 40% of which were new.

Tasting Notes: The 2012 is inky with a great purple hue.  The aroma shows hints of vanilla, cedar chest, and dried flowers, while dark fruit and berry flavors predominate on the palate.  The mature tannins, characteristic of the mountain environment where the fruit was grown, provide a texture that results in a lingering finish. Those tannins, along with the great acid balance, will allow for extended cellaring and years of enjoyment. Enjoy through 2025.

Bottled:  2014

Production: 340 cases


2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$80.00 per bottle, only 210 cases produced

Tasting Notes: “The wine definitely shows the expression of Diamond Mountain; full, chewy tannins surrounding an abundance of fruit.  The acidity in the wine, coupled with these ripe tannins will allow the wine to age for many years, while the up-front plum-cherry flavors allow for delightful drinking now.” Gary Brookman, Consulting Winemaker.

Winemaking Notes:

Harvest date: 19 October, 2010
Brix: 25.2
Tons: 6.59 (4.3 for Mueller Family)
Cases produced: 210
Barrel storage: 100% 100% French oak, 40% new barrels, 19 months in barrel
pH = 3.84
Fruit: 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot


2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$80.00 per bottle, only 300 cases produced

Tasting Notes: “The predominant character is that bing cherry note we see, meshed with the ripe but not overpowering tannins. And while the wine is definitely enjoyable presently, the acidity and tannin balance yield a long aging capability that should allow for holding onto the wine for up to 10 years.” Gary Brookman, Consulting Winemaker.

Winemaking Notes:

Harvest date: 2 October, 2009– SOLD OUT– Library only
Brix: 28.9
Tons: 7.2 (3.6 for Mueller Family)
Cases produced: 300
Barrel storage: 100% French oak, 40% new barrels, 18 months in barrel
TA = .37
pH = 4.08
Fruit was cold soaked for 2 days prior to fermentation, also had 26 day extended maceration including the time fermenting dry in tank, before pressing.


2008 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$80.00 per bottle

Tasting Notes: Our 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, dark opaque red, with romas of black cherry and cassis mingle with nuances of juniper and cedar. The abundant tannins are ripe and very fine-grained and still require a little time to soften. Vibrant, well-integrated acid highlights the fruit. The finish is long and complex with juicy fruit, spice and dark, smoky minerals.

Winemaking Notes:

Harvest date: 15 September, 2008  SOLD OUT–Library only
Brix: 26.1.
Tons: 4.1
Cases produced: 201
Barrel storage: 100% French oak (all Sansaud), 40% new barrels, 18 months in barrel
TA = .51
pH = 3.88
Fruit was cold soaked for 2 days prior to fermentation, also had 5 day extended maceration after fermenting dry in tank, before pressing.

93 Points, Wine Enthusiast 


2007 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

First release, just 168 cases made.

SOLD OUT – Library Only

Winemaking Notes:

from Ronn Wiegand, Master of Wine, Master Sommelier of Restaurant Wines: “Diamond Mountain is I think the most underrated mountain AVA in Napa Valley. This 2007, the debut release from a tiny Diamond Mountain producer, is excellent, and a fine value. It is elegant and complex in style; a full bodied, lightly oaky, medium rich Cabernet, which is very long on the palate, and finishes with a flourish of aromas and flavors reminiscent of black cherry, violet, cassis, cedar, and spicy oak. It will drink well over the next five to ten years. Fine debut release.”

Winemaking Notes
Harvest date: 10 September 2007
Brix: 25.8.
Tons: 2.68
Cases produced: 168
Barrel storage: 100% French oak (all Demptos),
29% new barrels, 23 months in barrel.
TA
= .55
pH = 3.85
Fruit was cold soaked for 3 days prior to fermentation,
also had extended maceration after fermenting dry in tank, before pressing.

Rated 90 points by The Wine Enthusiast, October 2011 edition

Tasting notes (2007) from  Back Room Wines,” A Rising Wine Star

From a 1.1 acre vineyard near Diamond Creek. Just a whiff of mountain spice, cedar and meat. First & foremost about the black, juicy berry fruits. Creamy and rich in the mouth with mulberry, kirsch & cocoa/mocha flavors. Softer tannins
make it enjoyable now. First release, just 168 cases made.