OVID 2017 Hexameter Napa Valley Red Wine
94 Points ANTONIO GALLONI - The 2017 Hexameter, Ovid's Cabernet Franc-based blend, is bright and focused, with tons of Franc character in its aromatic and flavor profiles and weight. Sweet red cherry, mint, white pepper, blood orange and flowers give the 2017 striking top notes and energy. Medium in body and finely cut, the Hexameter speaks with a very distinctive voice. The 2017 is super-precise, but it is also a touch light. It will be interesting to see if it fleshes out a bit more with aging. The 2017 is a wine of extreme and total finesse.
94 Points JEB DUNNUCK - The 2017 Hexameter checks in as 47% Cabernet Franc, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot that was brought up in 60% new French oak. It has a terrific, spicy, complex style in its black raspberry and cassis fruits as well as notes of toasted bread, flowery incense, spice, and crushed flowers. Full-bodied, rich, and beautifully concentrated, it shows nicely integrated acidity, building tannins, and a great finish.
Blend - 47% Cabernet Franc, 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Merlot
The Cabernet Franc-focused wine from OVID Napa Valley
Cabernet Franc is a genetic parent to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, possessing unique and compelling qualities of its own. Compared to Cabernet Sauvignon, Franc tends to be a bit lighter in body, more floral and perfumed, and sometimes a tad more wild and unpredictable. Its primal genetic profile also makes Cabernet Franc incredibly sensitive to place; and therefore, a detailed speaker of terroir. For that reason, we believe that Hexameter articulates the life force of our vineyard.
While Pritchard Hill soil is largely characterized by its shallow, stony and luminous red soils (reflective of powerful amounts of iron oxide), we tend to plant Cabernet Franc in soils that are on the more yellow end of the spectrum. As they are closest in age to the site’s parent rock; they have only relatively recently transformed into soil, not yet acquiring their signature rusty red hue through oxidation.
Following primary fermentation, Hexameter wines are removed from tank and placed into barrel. A few months later, the wines are racked and blended and returned to barrel for a long, slow maturation in French oak for another 14-16 months.
So beguiled is winemaker Austin Peterson with Cabernet Franc, he contends that if OVID hadn’t been squarely established since day one in Cabernet Sauvignon, the winery’s identity today might be centered around Cabernet Franc. He’s been convinced by the way it grows in the vineyards and performs in winery and in bottle. Farming methods and soil preparations are actively being honed to accommodate expansion of the Franc program.
Of course, Hexameter can also contain Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot in small proportions that allow Cabernet Franc to take the lead.
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