Winter ReleaseBallard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
2017

Winemaker’s Notes

Ballard Vineyard is surrounded by dense untamed forest, high above the fog line, close to the summit of Spring Mountain. Our DuMOL parcel contains mature vines planted in deep, dark red, loosely textured volcanic soils with an unusually high amount of organic material. This wild forest setting is directly articulated by the wine’s exotic aromatics, powerful dark fruit and intriguing pine needle and bay laurel nuance. Patient, observant and finely tuned organic farming ensures the vineyard’s natural expression is always the main focus of the wine.

Effusive aromas of blackberry, sweet mint, wild thyme and crushed rock reflect this wine’s mountaintop origins. The palate is supple, expansive and deep. Pure, focused flavors of black plum and piercing cassis are framed by complex elements of black tea, cherry pit, black pepper and a dusting of cocoa. Like its predecessors, this new 2017 bottling slowly unfolds, layer upon velvety layer—a dynamic interplay between dark ripe fruit extract; site-driven complexity and broad, succulent mountain structure. Magnificent.

Decant the wine an hour prior to drinking if opening soon after release. This gloriously expressive wine will continue to evolve with 20+ years of cellaring; those who are patient will find great reward.  

Andy Smith


Ballard Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

september 25th

Appellation

spring mountain district – napa valley

Clones

337

Age of Vines at Harvest

15 years

Barrel Aging

aged 20 months in 57% new french oak from tonnellerie sylvain

Production

195 cases of 750mL
5 cases of 1.5L
3 bottles of 3L