We love elegant Cabernets that are regal in balance, marked by complex aromas that make you dream. The goal of our Old Toll Cabernet Sauvignon is a wine rich in elegance, deep in flavor, with tannins hidden in the background that will support these flavors for many years to come.
A beautiful, elegant vintage, this big hillside cabernet sauvignon has deep inky black color, soft yet powerful tannins, with classic Old Toll characters of blackberries, mint, leather and wet stone. 89% cabernet sauvignon (6 clones) blended with 11% cabernet franc and petit verdot. 2010 was a low yield vintage, only 176 cases plus magnums of RARECAT Old Toll cabernet were produced.
Old Toll Road is located on the northern most end of the Napa Valley. It is a great climate for growing premium
Cabernet Sauvignon. These grapes are not typically plump or beautiful; they are small and loose and their skin to pulp ratio is low, yielding a concentrated flavor. Old Toll has Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The majority of the grapes are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The vineyard site is a steep up and down site facing southwest. The vines are very closely planted and there is the ability for them to be watered in stressful times. The vines are around 15 years of age and show signs of mature development in the cellar.
The Old Toll Cabernet was harvested October 2010. They were cold soaked at 45F for several days. During their cold soak analysis we get an idea of just what we have received. Based on these results, the wines are warmed, adjusted if needed, inoculated with yeast, nutrients, etc. and the fermentation process begins. When fermentation comes to a halt, the wines are gassed and allowed to sit for an extended maceration. Extended maceration depends upon taste and a visual look at the wine.
Pressed in a bladder press, all the wines then go immediately to barrels. At this time malolactic is induced. Once malolactic is complete the wines are racked, so2 is added and the real process begins. The wines will see 2 years of barrel aging. These wines are kept separate by variety and blocks until the final blend is put together a few months before bottling.