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94 Points Robert Parker
Solum is a term from soil science which refers to the state of the evolution of soil at which it is best for plant growth. PRIME SOLUM means an optimal place for growing, in this case, the eastern hills of Napa Valley, and world-class Cabernet Sauvignon!
100% Brokenrock Vineyard, Clones 5, 337 Cabernet Sauvignon, VSP trellis -- 2,312 vines/ acre.
Vinification and Aging:
Clusters gravity fed to de-stemmer. Whole berries hand and electronically-sorted and gravityfed into small (1-3 ton), closed-top fermenters. No whole clusters. Cold-soaked for 2 days, followed by a hot fermentation. Cap managed by a combination of punch-downs and gentle pump-overs depending on the stage of fermentation. Tanks drained and pressed 18 days after dryness and barreled immediately. Malo-lactic fermentation in barrels. 33 months in Frenchoak barrels -- blend of 40% new, 1- and 2-years.
A supple, sophisticated and powerful wine that wows you with purity, finesse and understated nuances. Dark and rich layers of flavor combined with a backbone of soft, velvety tannins combines in harmonic balance. This is an ageworthy wine, with a long, layered, persistent finish, it delivers from start to finish.