The Foley Johnson Handmade Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is made 100% from grapes sourced from our Peral Estate
Vineyard, which is comprised of thicker and heavier adobe soils with small amounts of gravely soil to help drain. The ideal
growing conditions in the vineyard allow our Bordeaux varietals to reach full maturity on the vine without taking on the
green, leafy taste of under-ripen fruit. The grapes were all harvested on October 16th under clear skies. The wine went
through 100% malolactic fermentation and is unfined and unfiltered. After 27 months in 30% new French oak, the wine was
bottled on July 16th 2013.
2010 was by all definitions a rollercoaster growing season. In keeping with typical La Niña weather patterns, the Napa Valley
saw substantial spring rainfall leading into cooler than normal summer temperatures. With bud break pushed back several
weeks, the Napa Valley did not see much heat until the end of August, with an unpredicted heat spike throwing vineyards
into early ripening. Those who had cut back canopy cover to expose fruit to more heat, were dismayed to find their grapes
suffer from sunburn and shrivel up on the vine. Having not jumped the gun on preventative measures, we were able to
harvest our vineyards with little to no problems, averaging 4.5 tons per acre. Overall the fruit is concentrated and lush,
offering some amazing flavors and a unique vintage.