JFW Anakota Helena Montana Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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JFW Anakota Helena Montana Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Focused and powerful on the nose, showing ripe red and black currant, along with dried bouquet garni and a subtle frame of sweet baking spices. The palate is a tour de force of varied fruit and non-fruit flavors, wrapped around a powerful core, teeming with firm tannin and juicy acidity.

SOIL: Yellow-white sandy and gravelly loam
VINEYARD: Shallow roots, stressed vines
CELLAR AGING: 20 years

JFW Anakota Helena Montana Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Knights Valley is a remote winegrowing region bridging Sonoma and Napa Counties. It’s an untamed landscape defined by
rugged mountains, steep hillsides, placid meadows and abundant wildlife. Even though this AVA has produced some of the
world’s greatest wines, it is still a mystery to most. Set along the flanks and foothills of Mount St. Helena and the Mayacamas
Mountains, this rustic sanctuary possesses the sparse volcanic soils and cusp maritime climate needed to produce elegant,
profound and age-worthy Cabernet Sauvignons.
Running northeast to southwest at an elevation of 950 feet above sea level, the 60-acre Helena Montana vineyard is marked by
rolling hills and steep benches that tilt up to 30 degrees. It features firm, dense, white/yellow gravelly loam soils that drain
extremely well. The combination of hills, knolls and trees helps route cool, westerly winds away from the vines. Helena Montana
Cabernets are concentrated and powerful with black fruit flavors, spice, minerals and muscular tannins.
The 2017 growing season was defined by plentiful rain in the winter followed by mild conditions in spring and summer. To
preserve the natural acidity in the grapes, picking began early on September 6th in the Helena Montana vineyard. The wines
were resting in barrel prior to the Sonoma County Tubbs fire in October, therefore remained unaffected by any smoke taint. The
2017 Helena Montana wine possesses a deep-purple core with soft violet hues. Reminiscent of a young Bordeaux, aromatic
flavors of fresh raspberry, black cherry and dried bay leaf are framed by French oak-derived nuances of toasted cardamom and
vanilla. Well-structured and full-bodied, the wine offers brilliant acidity and refined tannins bringing levity, focus and balance to
the long, elegant finish.
— Pierre Seillan, Vigneron
96 Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Robert Parker Wine Advocate, October 2019

13 months in 70% new
French oak barrels

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