2017 Avid Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California (750ml)
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The Avid Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was blended from several vineyard sites on the eastern slopes of the Spring Mountain District in Napa Valley. The soils in that region produce extremely low yields of intensely ﬂavored, long-lived wines and exceptional quality Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes were fermented in stainless steel, and then aged in a combination of 70% (30% new) French and 30% American oak barrels for nine months.
Hossein Namdar came to California in 1978 and went to school at USF in San Francisco, where he obtained a degree in Theology and Philosophy. In 1982 he was hired by Domain Chandon in Yountville, California as a vineyard technician specializing in grating. Ater three years, he was transferred to work at their cellar. At the same time, he attended UC Davis studying viticulture and enology.
In 1986 he became partners with Domaine Chandon, whose CEO at that time was John Wright. They purchased a 214-acre vineyard on Lakeville Highway in the area now known as Petaluma Gap, and by 1995 had planted ninety acres of Dijon clone Pinot Noir grapes. In 2005 they bottled their ﬁrst vintage under the label “Robert Goyette” also a partner and joint winemaker. The same team ultimately launched Stephen Vincent Wines as well.
In 2017 Hossein and Bob launched a new brand called Avid. With limited production of not more than 1000 cases per varietal, Avid wines are sourced exclusively from designated appellation vineyards in Napa Valley and their own single vineyard in the Petaluma Gap AVA within Sonoma County.
The 2017 vintage is showing classic characteristics of Spring Mountain. Deep plum robe with ruby rim. Aromas of black plum, blueberry and caramel. The palate shows boysenberry, plum and a hint of cocoa integrated with a layer of bright red fruits. Smooth oak and tannins balance out the fruit on the long, tapering ﬁnish. 850 cases produced. Cellaring Recommendation: 7 - 10 years.