Tessitura, Italian for texture, perfectly describes the sumptuous texture of this wine. The 2017 Tessitura represents the range of terroir expression across our estate vineyards in Napa Valley. We selected vine-lots of Bordeaux-heritage grapes grown in various soils, mesoclimates and exposures, and then carefully made the wine so, when blended, they create Tessitura’s layers of rich, complex aromas and flavors, and silky textures.
A mild spring followed a winter with abundant rainfall, resulting in ideal cluster set. Adequate soil moisture levels gave the vines resilience during several heat waves that punctuated the ripening period and led to an early onset to harvest.
As each vineyard block of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot reached ideal maturity, we hand-harvested the grapes in cool night hours to maintain optimum fruit expression and balance. We first cold-soaked the crushed grapes for gentle extraction and then fermented the must in both stainless steel and Italian-made concrete fermentors at 92˚F. Rigorous pump-overs, increasing during the peak of the fermentation, developed deep color, rich varietal character and fine tannins in the wine. Winemaker Michael Beaulac, known for making exceptionally silky and supple Cabernet Sauvignons, tailors both frequency of pump-overs and timing of pressing to each vineyard’s personality. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months to meld the bright fruit expression with oak nuances of clove, anise, cinnamon and vanilla. Michael blended the vineyard components after three months of aging to allow them to marry during the majority of barrel-aging. To retain the wine’s full flavor complexity, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.