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Cenay – Cabernet Sauvignon

United States
California
Wine
Red

The Facts

Origins United States > California > Napa Valley

Appellation Napa Valley

Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon

Cepage 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc, 4% Merlot, 3% Malbec, 2% Petit Verdot

Winemaking 100% whole berry, wild yeast, varietal co-fermentation, cold soak 10 day , 20 day ferment, extended maceration 10 day.

Aging 24 month, 70% New, 30% 1 yr French & Hungarian

Alcohol Content 14.5 %

Production 500 cases

Serendipity Markets California

The Character

Tasting Notes The five-way Bordeaux blend with Cabernet Sauvignon as the primary variety provides dynamic aromas & flavors that flow seamlessly over the palate. The Oak Knoll component provides the Blueberry notes always seen on the Cenay Cab.

Overall Classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Mouthfeel Round, full bodied with some tannin.

Aromas Aroma: Blueberry, ripe red cherry, dark chocolate, tobacco Taste: Dark plum, blueberry, toffee

Selling Point Great value Napa Valley Cab. Sauv.

Pairings Filet Mignon, Buffalo Burger, Lamb, Mushroom Risotto

Sustainability Organic In Practice t, Sustainable In Practice t, Natural Fermentation t

The Story

2018, no fires & no drama, just a long … harvest!
A long spring and a cooler start to the summer pushed back the main ripening of the season out of the heat of mid-summer to the more tempered climate of fall with warm days and cool nights.
Yields were average with more fruit dropped than usual from good bud & flower fertility. Timing for this was pre-verasion or berry color change to use the higher yield as a tool to decrease berry size. Early fruit drop spreads the vines resources over a lesser amount of fruit resulting in bigger berries the opposite of what you want for high intensity small flavorful fruit, so for that reason we dropped fruit late in 2018.
The late harvest and our fruit location coming mostly from Oak Knoll provided ample time to get the seeds well ripened with fully developed tannins in the skins. This has brought out more of the Oak Knoll District blueberry fruit this year coupled with a tad extra Malbec in the blend. The result is a generous mouthfeel with a milk chocolate like texture from the tannins and toasty barrel complexity on the finish. Enjoy!

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About Cenay

Brand Story

Cenay label was introduced in 1997 an attribute to Linda’s Rowland's heritage. Her ancestors purveyed the accoutrements of the good life during California Gold Rush days: fine cloth, premium cigars, and quality food and wine. Cenay continues that tradition, offering exceptional wines of the finest quality.

Great Napa Valley wine begins on the vine, our stewardship begins in the vineyard, where fruit aromas and flavors are a unique result of that season upon the land.

The quality of our wines is ensured by control over every facet of the process, from vine management to winemaking techniques and products. Our story continues in every bottle of our wine, from one year to the next, as we continue to learn and to raise the bar for excellence.


Brand Story

Cenay label was introduced in 1997 an attribute to Linda’s Rowland's heritage. Her ancestors purveyed the accoutrements of the good life during California Gold Rush days: fine cloth, premium cigars, and quality food and wine. Cenay continues that tradition, offering exceptional wines of the finest quality.

Great Napa Valley wine begins on the vine, our stewardship begins in the vineyard, where fruit aromas and flavors are a unique result of that season upon the land.

The quality of our wines is ensured by control over every facet of the process, from vine management to winemaking techniques and products. Our story continues in every bottle of our wine, from one year to the next, as we continue to learn and to raise the bar for excellence.

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