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At Covert Estate, we use traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques combined with Californian creativity. We utilize a very conservative and sustainable approach that respects the terroir and results in wines that are delicate and elegant with distinct personality.





Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

We farm our estate vineyard organically, manually tending the tightly spaced rows throughout the year. In the fall, our team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts in temperature-controlled conditions for three to four weeks. Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 20 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Coombsville

Varieties & Clones

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 337 and 191

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F.

Vintage Notes

2017 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

Napa Valley’s 2017 vintage was a memorable one. Abundant winter rains enabled healthy springtime growth, and a series of powerful heat waves accelerated ripening through the summer. As a result, most of our fruit was safely in the cellar before the Wine Country wildfires broke out in early October. We worked diligently to manage fermentations through evacuation orders and electricity outages, and ruthlessly weeded out any fruit that risked smoke damage. Covert’s 2017 wines exemplify the unwavering craftsmanship of our winemaking team.

Tasting Notes

Our 2017 estate Cabernet Sauvignon belies its inky, dark ruby robe with uplifting freshness, finesse and aromatic complexity. The nose is bright with classic cassis, wild berry and red plum as well as subtler notes of graphite, juniper and anise. On the palate, a lithe core of Morello cherries and juicy plum intertwines with supporting aromas of fresh thyme, mint tea, and savory preserved lemon. The ultra-fine mesh of refined tannins flex and support the fruit without dominating, and help the wine glide effortlessly into a long, seamless finish of marionberry, dried cherry, thyme and allspice.

Alcohol
14.9%% by volume

2016 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for its big, rich, black-fruited wines. A few summer heat waves helped the clusters achieve a luxurious ripeness without compromising the structure or ageability. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two clones (191 and 337) that thrive on the rockiest part of our estate. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

A modern expression of Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon that draws more than a little inspiration from France. On the nose, sweet blackcurrant and soft earth notes invite a second sniff. The palate presents an abundance of luscious black fruit grounded in a savory backbone of earth and dried herbs. Though fully ripe, the wine maintains a wonderful natural freshness and energy with soft, structured tannins and long, dynamic finish.

Alcohol
15.3% by volume

2015 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 harvest was a season that followed three years of drought in California. With natural limited resources and a fairly cold spring, Covert's vines set less fruit leading to a very limited production. Though the vines produced fewer berries per cluster, those clusters were ideally shaped and well-ventilated for ensuring uniform ripening and exposure, which means the flavor is full and extremely concentrated. Following a warm summer, the warmest in the last decade, harvest began in late September. While small in volume, the resulting wine is a quintessential Napa Cabernet. Bright, lush red fruit full of concentration with elegant aromatics due to our cooler Coombsville climate.

Tasting Notes

This is a classic Coombsville Cabernet: rich black fruit, and an elegant, velvety texture with unparralled freshness. The nose presents deep boysenberry, and vanilla oak notes with vibrant cassis. On the palate, a ripe and lively black fruit core blends with Moroccan mint tea aromas and gentle earthiness. Full but soft tannins carry the dark fruit through a long, fluid finish.

Alcohol
15.3% by volume

2014 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage was a short, early growing season distinguished by its lack of significant weather events—no hard frost, no major heat spikes, no problematic rain. The wines initially were a bit more restrained than 2013, but their unique aromatics and black fruit character are unfolding beautifully with time. This Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of two clones (191 and 337) that thrive on the rockiest part of our estate. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This is classic Coombsville Cabernet: rich black fruit, and an elegant, velvet texture. The nose presents deep boysenberry and blackcurrant notes with vibrant cassis. On the palate, a ripe black fruit core blends with Moroccan mint tea aromas and gentle earthiness, illuminated by an enduring natural freshness. Full but soft tannins carry the dark fruit through a long, fluid finish.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2013 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 vintage gave us another exceptional growing season with a mild spring and moderate summer temperatures. The fruit and tannins ripened fully without losing aromatic nuance or freshness, producing wines with velvet textural elements and a mineral-driven acidity. This wine is a blend of two Cabernet Sauvignon clones (191 and 337) that thrive on the rockiest part of our estate. We co-fermented the clones in tank, and aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

Deeply aromatic notes of black licorice and smoky wood open into a palate rich with black currant, cassis, mint and tart black plum. With time, the mid-palate expands with sous-bois, pink peppercorn and coffee aromas, and the tightly integrated tannins develop a rich velvet texture. The fresh acidity, enduring aromatics and black fruit core are the hallmarks of our estate.

Alcohol
14.5% by volume

2012 Covert Estate Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2012 vintage was one of the finest in the history of our estate. Ideal growing conditions all year gave us an abundant crop with sumptuous, evenly ripened fruit. This wine is a blend of two Cabernet Sauvignon clones (191 and 337) that thrive on the rockiest part of our estate. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 18 months before bottling.

350 cases produced.

Tasting Notes

A dark magenta color, with an equally dark nose of black fruit and licorice brightened by notes of cassis. The palate delivers a polished focus on brambly black fruit, black currant and earthy aromatics with savory umami notes and fine-grained tannins. Elegant red fruit acidity brightens the concentrated richness through a lengthy, mocha-inflected finish.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume




Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

We farm our estate vineyard organically, manually tending the tightly spaced rows throughout the year. In the fall, our team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts in temperature-controlled conditions for three to four weeks. Once this

initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Coombsville, Napa Valley

Varieties & Clones

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 341

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F

Vintage Notes

2016 Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for its big, rich, black-fruited wines. A few summer heat waves helped the clusters achieve a luxurious ripeness without compromising the structure or ageability. The grapes for this wine came from a block of Clone 341 Cabernet located at the coldest and most gravelly part of our estate, which permits long, slow ripening. Clone 341 is exceptionally aromatic, and the cooler conditions in our vineyard block unlock its fullest expression. This wine was tank fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

Grace and power in equal parts. The nose presents bold fruit, sweet herbs and spice that bloom into a rich palate of juicy red and black fruits, classic herbs and flowers. Fresh acidity balances the luscious fruit core and sustains the wine through an elegant finish. Sleekly textured with an almost hypnotic depth, this wine offers significant aging potential.

Alcohol
15.1% by volume

2015 Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 harvest was a season that followed three years of drought in California. With natural limited resources and a fairly cold spring, Covert's vines set less fruit leading to a very limited production. Though the vines produced fewer berries per cluster, those clusters were ideally shaped and well-ventilated for ensuring uniform ripening and exposure, which means the flavor is full and extremely concentrated. Following a warm summer, the warmest in the last decade, harvest began in late September. While small in volume, the resulting wine is a quintessential Napa Cabernet. Bright, lush red fruit full of concentration with elegant aromatics due to our cooler Coombsville climate.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant aromas of raspberry, fresh flowers and spice begin on the nose and blossom on the palate. Juicy black cherries and a dark fruit core offer a fresh and dynamic energy, with more subtle floral, mineral, and freshly crushed leaf notes building additional complexity. Richly textured, elegant tannins provide depth and finesse from start to finish. Uncommonly refined, aromatic and profound.

Alcohol
15.1% by volume

2014 Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage was a short, early growing season distinguished by its lack of significant weather events—no hard frost, no major heat spikes, no problematic rain. The grapes for this wine came from a block of Clone 341 Cabernet located at the coldest and most gravelly part of our estate. Clone 341 is exceptionally aromatic, full of herbal, floral notes, and the cooler conditions of our vineyard block bring out the purest expression of the grape—fragrant, refined, and graceful. This wine was tank fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

Vibrant aromas of red fruit, flowers and spice begin on the nose and blossom on the palate. Juicy cherries and red fruit offer a fresh and dynamic energy, with more subtle floral, mineral and saline notes building additional complexity. Richly textured, elegant tannins provide depth and finesse from start to finish. Uncommonly refined, aromatic and profound.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2013 Covert Estate Clone 341 Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

Finesse in Cabernet Sauvignon is achieved at the limits of ripening, as we see in Pauillac and Margaux. The grapes for this wine came from a block of Clone 341 Cabernet located at the coldest and most gravelly part of our estate. Clone 341 is exceptionally aromatic, full of herbal, floral notes, and the cooler conditions of our vineyard block bring out the purest expression of the grape--fragrant, refined, and graceful. This wine was tank fermented and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

The nose presents lifted aromas of red fruit, mint and spice. On the palate, sustained herbal and floral notes are joined by juniper and a core of dark black fruits. Polished, fully resolved tannins provide a soft and elegant texture that drapes the mouth. Extraordinary fragrance and finesse from start to finish.

Alcohol
15.5% by volume




Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The Sage Hill Vineyard is a clay and rock-dominated site in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley that enjoys full western exposure, and cooling air currents from nearby Lake Hennessy that moderate afternoon temperatures. Our vineyard team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings, and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts in temperature-controlled conditions for three to four weeks.

Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varieties & Clones

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F

Vintage Notes

2016 Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for its big, rich, black-fruited wines. A few summer heat waves helped the clusters achieve a luxurious ripeness without compromising the structure or ageability. As is typical, our Pritchard Hill vineyard site ripened earlier than other areas of Napa, and several weeks ahead of our Coombsville estate. This Cabernet Sauvignon was tank fermented, and aged in 100% new French oak for 26 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

The Sage Canyon Cabernet offers all the forceful personality of a Napa Valley hillside wine, crafted with a judicious hand. The nose offers a range of deep mineral and earthy notes, which explode without warning into an almost savory blue fruit attack. Tremendous depth, powerful tannins and balanced acidity will carry this wine for years in the cellar.

Alcohol
15.2% by volume

2015 Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 harvest was a season that followed three years of drought in California. With natural limited resources and a fairly cold spring, Covert's vines set less fruit leading to a very limited production. Though the vines produced fewer berries per cluster, those clusters were ideally shaped and well-ventilated for ensuring uniform ripening and exposure, which means the flavor is full and extremely concentrated. Following a warm summer, the warmest in the last decade, harvest began in late September. While small in volume, the resulting wine is a quintessential Napa Cabernet. Bright, lush red fruit full of concentration with elegant aromatics due to our cooler Coombsville climate.

Tasting Notes

Rich black fruit and bruléed blackberry aromas on the nose open into a savory core of ripe black plums and dark berry compote. Powerful, but polished, the fine-grained tannins provide firm structure and dimension for the luscious fruit. This wine showcases what Napa Valley hillside vineyards are capable of with a bit of restraint- a decadent wine that retains its balance.

Alcohol
15.2% by volume

2014 Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage was a short, early growing season distinguished by its lack of significant weather events—no hard frost, no major heat spikes, no problematic rain. As is typical, our Pritchard Hill vineyard site ripened earlier than other areas of Napa, and several weeks ahead of our Coombsville estate. This vintage initially was a bit more restrained than 2013, but the wines’ distinctive aromatics and rich fruit are unfolding beautifully with time. This Cabernet Sauvignon was tank fermented, and aged in 100% new French oak for 26 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Rich black fruit and brûléed blackberry aromas on the nose open into a savory core of plum and dark berry compote. Powerful but polished, the fine-grained tannins provide firm structure and dimension for the luscious fruit. This wine showcases what Napa Valley hillside vineyards are capable of with a bit of restraint—a decadent treat that retains its balance.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2013 Covert Estate Sage Hill Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

The Sage Hill Vineyard is a clay and rock-dominated site in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley that enjoys full western exposure, and cooling air currents from nearby Lake Hennessy that moderate afternoon temperatures. This site typically ripens earlier than other areas of Napa, and in 2013 we harvested the third week in September—well ahead of our Coombsville estate and most other Cabernet vineyards. This wine was tank fermented, and aged in 100% new French oak for 26 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Rich, warm caramel and black fruit aromas on the nose carry through to the juicy palate, joined by mocha and soft cocoa notes. This vineyard’s clay soils lend a distinct creaminess to the mouthfeel that complements the powerful tannins and intense, round fruit. Classic Napa Valley opulence with an enduring finish.

Alcohol
15.5% by volume




Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

We farm our estate vineyard organically, manually tending the tightly spaced rows throughout the year. In the fall, our team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts in temperature-controlled conditions for three to four weeks. Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Coombsville, Napa Valley

Varieties & Clones

100% Cabernet Franc, Clone 214 and 327

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F

Vintage Notes

2017 Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes

Napa Valley’s 2017 vintage was a memorable one. Abundant winter rains enabled healthy springtime growth, and a series of powerful heat waves accelerated ripening through the summer. As a result, most of our fruit was safely in the cellar before the Wine Country wildfires broke out in early October. We worked diligently to manage fermentations through evacuation orders and electricity outages, and ruthlessly weeded out any fruit that risked smoke damage. Covert’s 2017 wines exemplify the unwavering craftsmanship of our winemaking team. This wine is a blend of clone 327 and the darker, more concentrated clone 214, co-fermented in tank and aged in 60% new French oak for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

The 2017 Cabernet Franc from our estate vineyard shows marvelous aromatics, breadth, and juiciness. The nose opens with fragrant floral notes of violets and purple iris, giving way to juicy blackberry and sweet berry pastry aromas with a touch of graphite minerality. The dark, dense core of blueberries and fresh-picked blackberries draws upon warm cedar notes, grounded minerality and toasted cumin seed on the midpalate. Richly tender and supple in the mouth, this wine has tremendous length and a fragrant finish of blueberry, blackberry, baking spice and cocoa powder.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2016 Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for its big, rich, black-fruited wines. A few summer heat waves helped the clusters achieve a luxurious ripeness without compromising the structure or ageability. The Cabernet Franc block of our estate has full eastern exposure to the morning sun, which allows for cooler afternoon temperatures that preserve a fresh acidity and aromatic finesse. This wine is a blend of clone 327 and the darker, more concentrated clone 214, fermented in tank and aged in 100% new French oak for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

This is a masculine expression of Cabernet Franc, marked by its firm structure and dark fruit character. Ripe plum, blueberry and dark red fruits predominate on the palate, with subtler floral aromas and natural freshness that gracefully balance the ripeness. Well-integrated tannins provide excellent texture on entry and promise continued enjoyment for years to come.

Alcohol
15.1% by volume

2015 Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes

The 2015 harvest was a season that followed three years of drought in California. With natural limited resources and a fairly cold spring, Covert's vines set less fruit leading to a very limited production. Though the vines produced fewer berries per cluster, those clusters were ideally shaped and well-ventilated for ensuring uniform ripening and exposure, which means the flavor is full and extremely concentrated. Following a warm summer, the warmest in the last decade, harvest began in late September. While small in volume, the resulting wine is a quintessential Napa Cabernet. Bright, lush red fruit full of concentration with elegant aromatics due to our cooler Coombsville climate.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant magenta in color, this wine opens with textbook Cabernet Franc aromas of ripe blackberry and aromatic herbs. The palate explodes with rich berries, luscious white pear and wild thyme, but retains an enduring freshness throughout. Seamless tannins support the fruit with silken grace, and carry the wine to a dynamic, aromatic finish.

Alcohol
14.8% by volume

2014 Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes

The 2014 vintage was a short, early growing season distinguished by its lack of significant weather events—no hard frost, no major heat spikes, no problematic rain. The Cabernet Franc block of our estate has full eastern exposure to the morning sun, which allows for cooler afternoon temperatures that preserve a fresh acidity and aromatic finesse. This wine is a blend of clone 327 and the darker, more concentrated clone 214, fermented in tank and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

Brilliant magenta in color, this wine opens with textbook Cabernet Franc aromas of ripe blackberry and aromatic herbs. The palate explodes with rich berries, luscious white pear and wild thyme, but retains an enduring freshness throughout. Seamless tannins support the fruit with silken grace, and carry the wine to a dynamic, aromatic finish.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2013 Covert Estate Cabernet Franc

Winemaker Notes

The 2013 vintage produced exceptional aromatics and structure, making it an ideal year for Cabernet Franc. This block of our estate has full eastern exposure to the morning sun, which allows for cooler afternoon temperatures that preserve a fresh acidity and aromatic finesse. This wine is a blend of clone 327 and the darker, more concentrated clone 214, fermented in tank and aged in 100% new French oak for 20 months.

Tasting Notes

A brilliant magenta hue and sleek, inviting nose of dark berries and earth. The palate bursts with luminous boysenberry, wild blueberry and black fruits, unfolding into delicate espresso and violet notes. Gracefully integrated tannins provide textural complexity with exceptional smoothness, and fresh mineral acidity supports the aromatic finesse through the finish.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume




Covert Estate Syrah

Covert Estate Syrah

We farm our estate vineyard organically, manually tending the tightly spaced rows throughout the year. In the fall, our team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts in temperature-controlled conditions for three to four weeks. Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Coombsville, Napa Valley

Varieties & Clones

100% Syrah, Sugar Clone

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F

Vintage Notes

2017 Covert Estate Syrah

Winemaker Notes

Napa Valley’s 2017 vintage was a memorable one. Abundant winter rains enabled healthy springtime growth, and a series of powerful heat waves accelerated ripening through the summer. As a result, most of our fruit was safely in the cellar before the Wine Country wildfires broke out in early October. We worked diligently to manage fermentations through evacuation orders and electricity outages, and ruthlessly weeded out any fruit that risked smoke damage. Our estate-grown Syrah was planted in 2002, and assembles eight different clones for aromatic and textural complexity. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Covert’s 2017 Syrah exemplifies the unwavering craftsmanship of our winemaking team. The nose offers a plush bouquet of blue fruits and mashed berries, melding seamlessly into sweet tobacco aromas. On the palate, spicy red, blue and purple fruits command attention, while a gentle overlay of fresh orange zest, nutmeg and purple flower aromas bring a more delicate complexity. Tannins like dense velvet support the core, with a gentle minerality that carries through a savory finish of berry compote, extra-dark chocolate, and warm baking spice.

Alcohol
14.9% by volume

2016 Covert Estate Syrah

Winemaker Notes

The 2016 vintage will be remembered for its big, rich, black-fruited wines. A few summer heat waves helped the clusters achieve a luxurious ripeness without compromising the structure or ageability. Our estate-grown Syrah was planted in 2002, and assembles eight different clones for aromatic and textural complexity. We co-fermented the clones in tank, then aged the wine in 100% new French oak for 18 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This opulent Coombsville Syrah shows off both the sweetness of the vintage and the bright, natural acidity our estate is known for. The nose offers ripe sun-warmed blackberries and a savory touch of peppery cured meat. Black fruit, spice and black olive notes unfold in a seamless trajectory of rich textures, arcing smoothly all the way through the finish.

Alcohol
15.1% by volume




Covert Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Covert Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Our Black Label Cabernet has Coombsville’s dark, structured aromatics as its cornerstone, blended into the rich and refined style that is Covert’s hallmark. Our team harvests by hand in the cool early mornings and sends the grapes through two rounds of rigorous sorting—first as whole clusters, then again as de-stemmed individual berries. After cold maceration, the fruit is fermented by naturally occurring wild yeasts for three to four weeks. Once this initial fermentation is complete, we gently crush the grapes with a vertical press directly into barrels for a secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine then spends 18-26 months in barrel, as needed for each vintage. We rack at most twice per year, and bottle without fining or filtration. By minimizing human intervention with the wine, we aim to amplify the voice of the terroir.

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varieties & Clones

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging

18-24 months in New French Oak barrels


Tasting Advice

Decant for 2 hours or more and enjoy at a temperature of 55-60°F

Vintage Notes

2017 Covert Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Winemaker Notes

Napa Valley’s 2017 vintage was a memorable one. Abundant winter rains enabled healthy springtime growth, and a series of powerful heat waves accelerated ripening through the summer. As a result, most of our fruit was safely in the cellar before the Wine Country wildfires broke out in early October. We worked diligently to manage fermentations through evacuation orders and electricity outages, and ruthlessly weeded out any fruit that risked smoke damage. Covert’s 2017 wines exemplify the unwavering craftsmanship of our winemaking team.

Tasting Notes

This rich, dark Cabernet brings together precision, elegance, structure and depth. The nose blooms with aromas of juicy berries, caramel and currants, with a subtle touch of graphite behind. In the mouth, layers of luscious black and purple fruits unfurl with juicy plum, brûléed boysenberries, spicy notes of clove and anise, and a black, volcanic minerality. Well-knit tannins structure the dense, round texture and carry the long finish through sweet blue fruit and warm, gentle spices.

Alcohol
14.8% by volume
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