My dad, Christopher Cobden Davis (“the professor”), loves a good Cab, so we started producing Cabernet Sauvignon in 2015 (and threw him on the label). Our first vintage from the Old Federal Vineyard in Oakville came in 2017, this Cabernet Sauvignon is a glorious representation of the grape and place. Dark fruit and spice are prevalent in the glass. The mouthfeel is delicately soft, with tannins that coat the palate but don’t overwhelm. Flavors of dark berries, spice, and subtle oak are balanced and linger in the mouth.
The Old Federal Vineyard is a historic part of Napa vineyard history as well as grapegowing history in general. Located within the original To-Kalon vineyard site just off Oakville Grade, it was initially used for rootstock testing by H.W Crabb, the original owner of the To-Kolan site. In 1922, this 20 acre section of the To-Kolan vineyard was purchased by the USDA to continue research on rootstocks and grapevines, hence the name “Old Federal Vineyard”. Today the site is owned by UC Davis and some experimentation is still done in parts of the vineyard, but luckily for us, some of the fruit is still farmed for wine production and yields fruit that is dense and complex and reminds us why Oakville is considered one of the greatest locations for growing Cabernet in the world.
Barrel Description: 50% new French Oak, 50% once used French Oak
Barrel aging: 22 months
Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
TA: 5.8 g/L
VA: 0.63 g/L