Named after our first-born daughter, Cuvée Katrina Eileen is primarily composed of fruit from a vineyard in the Western Hills of Yountville, where yields are miniscule. The extremely rocky soil of the vineyard produces concentrated clusters of perfectly ripened Cabernet Sauvignon. In German, the name “Katrina” represents purity and fittingly, this wine is made entirely from the Cabernet Sauvignon grape, providing a pure expression of this decadent varietal. It also reflects our daughter’s personality with flavors that are complex, unreserved and expressive.
The 2015 Buccella Cuvée Katrina Eileen is a deep and enticing wine. It displays an opaque, almost black color and shows bright red and rich dark fruits. On the nose it is bursting with dark chocolate, mocha, and ripe black cherries. The palate is complex and inviting with blackberry, cocoa powder and Créme de Cassis. The tannins are bold, dense and velvety leading to a very long finish which leaves you wanting more and more.
Climate Sunny, hot days with cool nights. Fog in the morning.
Geology Gravelly loam and rocky, volcanic soils.
Harvest Manual harvest
All of our vineyards are harvested by hand. The process starts with two people sorting through every cluster on an incline table. The clusters are then gently de-stemmed.
All of the red varieties are generally cold soaked for 2-3 days to achieve a homogeneous “must” and to kick start the phenolic extraction. All red fermentations are inoculated with commercial yeasts to allow control on temperature, microbial activity and maceration techniques. The average time on skins range from 10 to 22 days.
All reds go through malolactic fermentation.The goals for the MLF process is to be slow and last for at least 2 to 3 months.
Aging Franch oak, 100% new. Medium toast and in barrel for 22 months.
Acidity 0.80 g/l
Residual sugar 3.9 g/l
Grape growing district of grape Yountville and Coombsville