VITESSE VINEYARDS 2019 NAPA VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Photo: David Fischer
The 2019 growing season in Napa Valley began with an abundance of rainfall, resulting in more than amble soil moisture. This was followed by a long, seasonably warm summer with few heat spikes, and the classic Napa Valley foggy mornings raised the curtain for Vitesse to become a vibrant, elegant wine. After a mild finish to the growing season, abundant hang time coaxed out exceptional structure, color and luxurious tannins. At the end of the season Vitesse was blessed with amazing fruit with bright acidity and ample textures.
The 2019 Vitesse continues to exemplify its Napa Valley roots, with a blossoming of aromas and flavors of boysenberries, dark cherry, and hints of lavender, dried bay leaf, and graphite. The texture is round, and your palate will be rewarded at the end with a long, engaging finish from the fine tannins. As with every vintage to date, our winemaker Miguel Caratachea’s amazing display of wine growing and winemaking will make you anxious to take the next sip.
As in previous vintages, the wines received exceptional care, with frequent barrel topping and "délestage," which gently extracts the phenolic compounds by oxygenating the juice to produce a softer, less astringent wine exhibiting more fruit character.
In the tradition of all Vitesse vintages, it is crafted in a Bordeaux style versus the heavier style indicative of many Napa Valley Cabernets. We feel this is a more subtle expression of Cabernet that allows the wine to continue to evolve into even greater elegance in years to come.
The wine is exceptional to drink now, and will become increasingly smooth, complex, and elegant for 10 years.
Price: $73. per bottle