2020 HALL Ellie's Cabernet Sauvignon
Each vintage, our Ellie's blend embraces and highlights the herbal notes integral to Cabernet Sauvignon. This combines with the subtle aromas of currants, dried herbs and baking spice. The markedly refined texture of the palate is laced with fresh, supple tannin balanced by taut acidity and a graceful, lengthy finish.
This wine is named for Craig Hall's mother, Eleanor “Ellie” Hall, who was an artist and a teacher. She inspired Craig’s love of art and it is her artwork that graces this wine’s label. Crafting this blend is an exercise in texture. Vineyard sources are selected for their elegance with tannins that are soft, lush, opulent and feminine in character. The palate is driven by minerality, cassis, and a floral perfume.
|Varietal Composition||100% Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Barrel Aging||22 Months in 60% New French Oak|
|Vintage Notes||The winter of 2020 was warm and dry, setting off budbreak and the growing season slightly earlier than usual throughout Napa Valley. It wasn't until the end of March that cold, rainy weather arrived, and the mild spring gave the vines a strong, early start. Moderately warm days held through the summer and early fall, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and develop complex flavor and tannin balance, while maintaining fresh acidity. This vintage produced great wines that are concentrated, focused, and beautifully balanced.|