2017 Palmaris Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
2016 Palmaris Outer Coastal Plain Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
A silky, sultry cabernet done in an elegant, reserved style. Deep ruby color with violet petal, raspberry, black plum, and fig on the nose.
The 4th generation Palmaris reserves are presented under the name Palmaris, meaning ‘prize-worthy’ in Latin. Palmaris is a name we reserve for wines of substantive character and distinction made only in superior vintages. 2016 was a fine growing season in the Outer Coastal Plain, characterized by rainfall and temperature conditions which allowed for maximum fruit maturity by late season.
The three grapes in the blend are, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon (harvested at 21 brix, t/a 5.0 g/l as tartaric), 20% Petit Verdot (harvested at 20.2 brix, t/a 7.8 g/l as tartaric) and 5% Cabernet Franc (harvested at 21.5 brix, t/a 6.0 g/l as tartaric). The musts were fermented in contact with the skins for a period of 14 days and were vinified using Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast originally isolated from France's Languedoc terroir. They were made in separate lots between October 3 and October 13, 2016 and subsequently transferred to a combination of French Nevers and American oak in December 2016. Malolactic fermentation was effectuated in oak where the wine evolved for 36 months until November, 2019. The wines were blended and bottled in December 2019 and bottled in April, 2020.
The Palmaris 2016 OCP Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied red that needs aeration to develop its full flavor, so please decant prior to serving. We hope that you will enjoy this fine wine with a fine meal while in the company of good friends.
Suggested Pairings: Filet Mignon with Portobello Mushrooms, Short Ribs, Rack of Lamb
Awards: 93 points - Beverage Tasting Institute
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