2012 TEXTBOOK Vineyards Proprietary Red Wine, "Page-Turner", Oakville District, Napa Valley
- Superbly mature and well-drained sites on rocky east and west sides of the Oakville District AVA, next door to Screaming Eagle, downslope from Harlan and near To-Kalon vineyards
- Exemplary farming practices provided dense clusters with perfect flavor and maturity
- Classic “Right Bank” Bordelaise winemaking (blended varietals, new French oak, egg-white fining) provides a spectacular result
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OUTSTANDING - 2010 VINTAGE
"Outstanding, exceptional complexity and character. Complex, rich, full-bodied, another winner from TEXTBOOK."
- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, October 2013
91 POINTS, OUTSTANDING, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - 2010 VINTAGE
"Saturated ruby. Cherry preserves, mocha, candied flowers and pipe tobacco on the highly perfumed nose and palate. Shows very good depth, with sneaky mineral and cracked pepper notes adding lift and back-end cut. Smooth tannins come on late, contributing grip to the long smoke- and spice-accented finish."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, May/June 2013
After three small and sometimes challenging vintages, we were relived to enjoy the spectacular conditions in 2012. Warm, sunny days, cool nights and perfect conditions all year long left us very encouraged that we’d have some superb wines in barrel.
Two exemplary Oakville sites – on opposite sides of the tiny appellation, frame our 2012 release. On the eastern side of the AVA, downslope from Harlan, we find the site of TEXTBOOK Merlot, abutting the verdant Mayacamas mountains. TEXTBOOK “Page-Turner” pulls its Cabernet Sauvignon portion from a very special site located on the extreme eastern side of the Oakville District AVA abutting the rugged and dry Vaca Mountain range. This sub-section of the Oakville AVA is renowned for superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The terrain is characterized by steep hills which bask in warm, sunny afternoons offering an ideal growing environment. Soil profiles include gravelly alluvium (eroded off the nearby mountains) covered by shallow gravelly loam and in some places interspersed with large boulders. These sites are quite infertile and well-drained. Planted in the early 1980’s and 1990’s these two sites clonal material include heritage selections (likely from Beaulieu Block).
Exemplary sustainable farming practices are employed in these mature sites and after veraison we culled unevenly ripened bunches which reduced yield to less than 7 pounds per vine (@ 3.4 tons/acre), low for the Oakville District.
TEXTBOOK clusters were field-sorted, hand-harvested, hand-sorted at the winery and de-stemmed and cold soaked for 5-8 days in open-top, temperature-controlled fermenters. Two daily punch-downs (depending on the lot) during fermentation kept the caps immersed and extracted superb flavor and structure. After twenty-one days (Merlot) and thirty days (both Cabernets) on their skins we gently pressed into barrels where the lots completed ML fermentation over the winter. Barrels were of the highest quality; 100% French, 45% new, three-year air-dried, medium-toast with toasted heads and handcrafted by Boutes, Francois Frères and Nadalié. The mélange of these three varietals added complexity, regal mouth-feel, softness and completed the classic “Bordeaux Right Bank” blend profile. Twenty-one months maturation in barrel with two rackings and one egg white fining integrated flavors and developed its wonderfully balanced, yet textured mouth-feel. We bottled only seven barrels.
Named by our youngest daughter, “Page-Turner” reflect the eagerness we feel each time we taste it. It beckons for another sip and we believe it is a “textbook” example of these noble varieties grown in this outstanding appellation.
Regional Composition: 100% Oakville District
Varietal Composition: 55% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
TA: 0.65 g/100mL
Total Production: 7 barrels