Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Napa Valley, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Serves up bold aromas of black currant, blackberry, spice cake and dark chocolate that repeat on the velvety palate and keep on pumping through the well spiced, toasty, finish. Pretty classic steak Cab here but generous and smooth too.
The Domain: Porter Family Vineyards lie in the idyllic south eastern hills of Napa, above a quiet hamlet called Coombsville. As with Napa in general, Coombsville is blessed with generous amounts of warming sunshine, yet cooled by the breezes from San Pablo Bay.
Our vineyards lie amongst these ideal conditions for grape growing. The soils here are a mix of clay loam and volcanic derivatives. Our grape vines, terraced to follow the contours of the gracefully arching hills, are 600 feet above the valley floor, and look out over the breathtaking terrain of Napa. We carefully tend to 14 acres, gently coaxing only 2 to 3 tons per acre so that each of the vine’s berries get enough of our sunshine and water to grow into deliciously concentrated fruit. Most of our land is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon loves the conditions in our little hamlet-- as do the other famous Bordeaux varietals--Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Wine lore has it that Syrah loves a view, and our Syrah vines create magnificently rich and round wines when cultivated on our hillside vineyard estate, overlooking majestic Napa Valley.