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2017 Cuvee Hermitage

2017 Cuvee Hermitage

A classic southern Rhone blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvedre -  this elegant and etheral wine comes from the famed McGah Vineyard in Rutherford.  Aged in 80 gallon French puncheons for 22 months.  A scant 100 cases of this gorgeous wine were produced.

Wine Profile:
Vintage: 2017
Wine Type: Medium Red Wine
Tasting Notes:

“Baking spice, marmalade and rich cherry pie layer the mouthfeel. Ripe fig, tobacco leaf, and a slightly smoked meat quality in the finish. Round and supple, with velvety tannins. Good structure should reward aging over the next decade.”

Vineyard Notes:

McGah Vineyards encompasses 65 acres in Rutherford near the Silverado Trail. Being on the east side of the valley, there is intense exposure that yields ripe and concentrated fruit. The area is hallowed ground for Cabernet Sauvignon, however we have collaborated together to develop one acre of the Heritage Block with special soil preparation, site-specific rootstock (St.George), and fantastic clones of Grenache (515, Tablas D) and Mourvédre. The rows sit on a slightly sloping benchland, so the soil is well drained with classic Rutherford red, dusty soil. McGah Family Vineyards celebrates the diversity of the Napa Valley

Winemaker Notes:

A blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Mourvédre, the 2017 Cuvée Hermitage pays tribute to the Grenache dominated blends on the Southern Rhone. The fruit was hand harvested at dawn to retain the freshness and integrity of the clusters. Gravity-fed to an open top stainless-steel fermenter, we took a significant saignèe for concentration. Punch-downs continued for two weeks during the co-fermentation, and we pressed at dryness. The wine was aged for 23 months in 40% new French oak barrels. No fining, and lightly filtered. 2017 will go down as one of the most difficult vintages in the history of Napa given wildfires that burned at the time of harvest. Though difficult logistically, the quality of the fruit was ultimately excellent, and the resulting wines will forever be a true testament to the hard work and sacrifice required to produce great wines.


100 Cases Produced








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