The grapes for this wine came predominantly from Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon and two additional Cabernet Sauvignon blocks on the back side of Heart Hill Vineyard. Block 3 is planted on the steep hillside to the right of the famed heart. This block of clone 337 was planted in 2007, making it the oldest blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon on the property. 2016 was a temperate, even growing season which allowed the grapes at Heart Hill Vineyard to ripen perfectly giving us the same gorgeous dark cherry and depth of character that has made this Cabernet Sauvignon a favorite from Heart Hill Vineyard.
The fruit we received in 2016 was beautiful. We co-fermented this hillside Cabernet Sauvignon with 6% Petit Verdot and later added in 9% Malbec to add even more depth, concentration and layered structure. We then aged it in 63% new French oak barrels for 22 months. Block 3 consistently produces some of the most interesting Cabernet Sauvignon in our portfolio and in 2016 its dark color, a cascade of flavors and complex structure made it a large piece of Fog Catcher. The remainder went into this extremely limited, Reserve bottling.
VINEYARD Heart Hill Vineyard
VARIETAL BLEND 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Malbec, 6% Petit Verdot