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2015 Wallis Family Estate Seraphim Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
The 2015 growing season was the fourth year into a drought cycle for the Napa Valley with low and inconsistent rainfall quantities over the winter. The spring saw warm and dry temperatures that started bud break early, but had a cool May, which allowed the growth to be back to a normal level. The summer heat was stronger than average, with 26 days being over 100 degrees. As a result, the vintage quantities were on the lighter side, due to lack of moisture. The Diamond Mountain fruit has the advantage of being in a mountainous region where it is more temperate than the valley floor, allowing the fruit to balance out their sugar and acidity and be less stressed. Harvest came early to Diamond Mountain, October 6, 2015, about 2-3 weeks ahead of an average year.
The top barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from vineyard blocks 1, 4, and 8, were chosen by winemaker, Thomas Rivers Brown. The label design, "Six-fold Infinite Rings," references the symmetry of a Seraphim as having six wings. Edward Wallis has a more modern interpretation of the six rings portraying six members at a dinner table with the Seraphim as the fuel for inspired conversations.
“One of the most unique features of this vineyard is the cut-through between the two distinct portions of the property. You carefully walk down a precipitously steep wooded trail and cross a narrow, rocky creek before making your way back up the steep hillside opposite and up into the exposed sunny vineyard. Down by the creek you experience all the qualities that make Diamond Mountain so unique: redwoods, mossy rocks, and loamy soils. It’s always nice to pause and take in the quiet magnitude of such a special part of the world.” Thomas Brown, Winemaker.
"Powerful and deep, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Seraphim packs a serious punch. Super-ripe dark cherry, chocolate, mocha and exotic spice are just some of the many notes that run through this super expressive Diamond Mountain Cabernet. I would prefer to cellar the 2015 to allow the new oak to fully integrate. This is another impressive and alluring wine from Ed Wallis and Thomas Rivers Brown." Antonio Galloni, 93 points awareded