MFV Cabernet Sauvignon

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Composition: 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 1,000 feet on top of the Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District, with slopes of 5 – 30%.

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

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

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 & July, the season was mild. Cool sunny days at the end of September allowed us to harvest during the first week of October.

 

Bottling:  August 5, 2016

Volume produced:  150 cases

 

Tasting Notes:  Color is dark ruby. The wine shows alluring aromas immediately after pouring; it is very fragrant, with focused ultra-ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit. 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.

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

Composition: 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 1,000 feet on top of the Napa Valley’s Diamond Mountain District, with slopes of 5 – 30%.

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

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

Growing Season: Modest early-season and summer temperatures in the first of 3 dry years in Napa Valley transitioned to sustained hot weather in late September. Cooler nights in October for the 2 weeks preceding harvest helped the fruit to retain good color and flavors.

 

Bottling:  July 2015

Volume produced: 339 cases

 

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.

Mueller Family Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Diamond Mountain District, Napa Valley

$100 per bottle

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. At the end of  the two-week fermentation, the resultant wine was pressed-off and transferred to French oak barrels and remained in barrels for 20 months.

This wine is inky with a great purple hue.  Dark fruit and berry flavors predominate while there are hints of vanilla, cedar chest, and dried flowers in the aroma.  The evident tannins, characteristic of the mountain environment where the fruit was grown, provide a chalkiness that results in a lingering finish, and in conjunction with the great acidity, will allow for an extended cellaring and years of enjoyment.

Harvest date: October 13
Brix: 24.3
Tons: 7.3
Cases produced: 340
Barrel storage: 40% New French Oak, 18 months
pH: 3.88


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 produce

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.