2016 Morlet Cabernet Sauvignon "Estate", St. Helena, Napa Valley, USA
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ABOUT THIS WINE
This unique estate lies on the western foothills just north of the town of St. Helena. Shallow loamy topsoil, rocky alluvial subsoil and full sun exposure create ideal conditions for our Cabernet Sauvignon vines. They restored the 1880 stone winery, which is illustrated on the label. Handcrafted using classical winemaking techniques
and with the uncompromising and ongoing pursuit of quality, this wine represents the
precious essence of a very special place, which their family calls home.
Dark and deep with a hue of deep bright ruby red. Intense and complex bouquet of
red cherry and blackberry intermixed with notes of minerals (graphite, wet river
rocks), licorice, fresh blond tobacco and a hint of fresh blackcurrant. Full bodied, the
palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a richly tannic yet round frame and with an
outstanding finesse. The tannins from both bench and foothill locations create a
harmonious ensemble, leading to a long, seamless and elegant finish. Built to age for
decades, this collectible wine will open up after a few years of cellaring and is
particularly representative of this special side of St. Helena. Morlet Estate features
the interaction of the loamy, well-drained and rocky volcanic soil, the typical sunny
mountain climate and the low-interventionistic Morlet winemaking approach.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Beginning with the 2006 vintage, Luc & Jodie Morlet have been handcrafting vineyard designated wines and unique cuvées of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc from the Napa Valley as well as Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Syrah, a Proprietary white Bordeaux-style blend and a Late Harvest Sémillon from Sonoma County. Meticulously farmed vineyards and low-intervention winemaking techniques produce powerful yet refined wines.
By taking old world principles and adapting them to California, the Morlet style results in wines which are harmonious in their intensity, richness, complexity and refinement. It is this notion of harmony that inspired their logo, based upon 19th century French artist Mathurin Moreau’s sculpture entitled, ‘L’Harmonie.’ The Morlet wines clearly display personality, seamless character and graceful ageing capability.
In August 2010, Luc and Jodie purchased a charming estate, just north of the town of St. Helena. Since then, they have been busy converting the historic stone building, built in 1880, into their family’s winery. This building was originally the Castner Winery, until its closure during Prohibition. Located in the beautiful St. Helena Appellation, the estate is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and is the exclusive fruit source for their ‘Morlet Estate’ label. The Morlet’s ‘Mon Chevalier’ vineyard is located on the hillsides of Knights Valley, overlooking the western slopes of Mount St. Helena. The vineyard benefits from its proximity to this majestic mountain, whose warm and windy climate is ideal for the long ripening of the red Bordeaux varietals Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
Luc and Jodie most recently planted their twenty-acre ‘Cœur de Vallée’ vineyard. These Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc vines are located on the world renowned Oakville Bench. In addition to these family acres, they direct the farming under long-term contracts in Fort Ross-Seaview, Russian River Valley, Bennett Valley, Dry Creek and Napa Valley.
All of the Morlet’s wines are handcrafted using classical winemaking techniques from Burgundy and Bordeaux and matured in only the finest 100% French oak barrels.