2015 Notre Vin Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Sleeping Lady Vineyard Yountville AVA
Representing Denis Malbec’s last vintage, Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon captures both the distinctive vineyard and vintage. The wine’s powerful aromas and sensual flavors are layered with notes of black cherry, blackberry, licorice, crushed granite and violet. A streak of red-cherry acidity brightens the mid-palate. With its muscular tannins and opulent texture, this wine shows a beautiful balance of power and elegance.
The 46-acre Sleeping Lady Vineyard, named for its shape nestled at the foot of the Mayacamas Mountain range, is located at the southwest boundary of the Yountville AVA. It was first planted to vines in the 1860s or 1870s; the original Victorian home still stands on the property. In 2013, the Bettinellis, who had been the property’s vineyard managers for many years, acquired the land; their extensive historical knowledge of this terroir has elevated the grapes grown here to grand cru quality. This heritage property was a key component in the Notre Vin line up and the 2015 is an extremely special, as it was Denis Malbec’s last vintage before his untimely passing.