2015 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

2015 Out of Sight Cabernet Sauvignon

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Planted on an oak-laden hillside between the Napa Valley AVAs of Oak Knoll and Coombsville, our Out of Sight Vineyard off the Silverado Trail is easily missed, hence its name. When we purchased the property in the late 1980s, the site’s gravelly soils and northwest exposure signaled great potential, but the tangled head-pruned vines also suggested years of neglect. After completely re-developing the property, however, our organically-farmed Out of Sight vineyard is today one of our most treasured fruit sources. The 2015 offers inviting flavors of blueberry, blackberry and raspberry compote layered with cedar, tobacco leaf and hints of black tea. The wine shows tanned leather and meaty qualities that are almost Syrahlike, but the dark core of deep fruit flavor keeps it firmly in the Cabernet camp. Full-bodied with firm tannins and a brawny structure, this Cab will benefit from several years of cellaring; if enjoying in the near term we recommend decanting the wine several hours in advance of drinking.

All the Facts

Appellation:Napa Valley
Varietal:100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Cases Produced:391
Aging:18 months, French (80%) and American oak barrels (20%), (42% new)
Enjoyability:Drink now or cellar. Pull the cork until 2035 for optimum enjoyment.

On the Vine

The 2015 vintage in Napa Valley will be remembered for high quality but low yields. The growing season began with warm temperatures in late winter and early spring resulting in an early bud break. In May, colder temperatures during bloom caused fruit set to be uneven, yielding a much smaller crop compared to earlier vintages. Winemakers and vineyard managers worked closely together as the season progressed to ensure grapes ripened uniformly. The harvest, which was in full swing by mid-August, was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, and most vintners completed picking by mid-October. Although the continuing drought was a concern around California, Napa Valley received 75% of its annual rainfall average in 2015 making it less worrisome for Napa vintners.

92 points & Year’s Best US Cabernets
Wine & Spirits Magazine
"This estate vineyard is hidden on a northwest-facing hillside of the Silverado Trail, south of Oak Knoll. Farmed under organics, it produced a rich cabernet that delivers a trumpet blast of power. Give it time in a decanter and the wine’s harmony comes into view, with brisk red-currant flavors melding into the darkness of the tannins. It’s a sleek Napa Valley red to age five years or more."
—Joshua Greene, December 2018

91 points
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Trying to choose from the latest, very successful collection of single-site Cabernets from Flora Springs is in truth an exercise in very small differences, and, as is the case with its companions, this is a deep and convincing wine of uncommon richness and depth. It is slightly tougher and a little more forceful in tannins just now, but, even if slightly sinewy and sufficiently astringent as to warrant no less than a half-dozen years in the cellar, it is extraordinarily continuous in pure, optimally ripened, currant-like fruit with a full measure of entirely complementary oak evident at every turn." August 2018