2005 WineSmith “Crucible” Napa Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
The making of Crucible is WineSmith's pride and joy, truly a labor of love. Its tiny 90 case production is the entire focus of the winemaking team during harvest. Picked at the peak of phenolic ripeness, these small berries yield tiny volumes of intensely tannic juice packed with black fruit aromas. Crucible’s profound essence of rich blueberries is a typical expression of the Coombsville district surrounding Napa town.
Though the resulting wine possesses almost impossible density, its real allure is its regally understated aromatics which drag you into the glass, together with the refinement with which it carries its massive tannins. Its soulful “come hither” derives from the weight and finesse of its tannins, which serve to integrate its aromatics into a resonant “single voice.”
Clones 337 and 15 possess unusual characteristics uniquely suited to this cool emerging appellation. When grown in warmer parts of the Napa Valley, an early ripening habit hampers full structural expression; however in the long ripening period created by close proximity to San Pablo Bay, they express massive structure, profound color and intense dark fruit aromatics. WineSmith applied the élevage teachings of their guru Patrick Ducournau to achieve aromatic integration on a scale seldom seen, resulting in a hollow soulfulness which captivates the spirit.
The enormous dimensions of this pure Cabernet Sauvignon enabled 42 months in élevage to develop its complex flavors, which should gain depth for several decades.