NAPA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Italics Winegrowers announced today their 2014 Numbers Cabernet Sauvignon barrel lot sold in a three-way tie of $130,000 at this year’s Premiere Napa Valley wine auction. The renowned wine trade event brings attention to Napa Valley’s top winemakers with one-of-a-kind, ultra-boutique wines under the label Premiere Napa Valley. The five case lot was part of a three-way tie for first out of 226 barrel lots and was won by Cliffewood Wine Syndicate from Little Rock, Arkansas. The other top lots were Nine Suns and Memento Mori.
“Each year, Premiere Napa Valley winemakers are tasked with creating innovative, show-stopping wines that demonstrate Napa Valley’s commitment to the art of fine winemaking,” said Steve Reynolds, winemaker and partner at Italics Winegrowers. “Today, we surpassed that expectation delivering a wine that scientifically proves how phenols positively affect the structure of the wine.”
Through the study of phenols, the wine is broken down into its key chemical components to determine the optimal levels of extraction while the grape skins are in contact with the freshly pressed grape juice. This process determines a wine’s color, flavor and texture. The variations in the phenol levels come from the terrior and something that is inherently natural in vineyard and in the fruit. The science of phenols is used as a predictor of wine quality.
Named for the concentration of phenolics that have been tested in the wine, Italics Winegrowers’ barrel lot “Numbers” represents the highest recorded phenolic reading to date at 4,600 iron-reactive phenolics (IRP) in parts per million (ppm). This high reading translates to a more complex wine featuring higher quality attributes including taste, mouthfeel and body. The single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the Italics Winegrowers estate vineyard in Coombsville in Napa.
ABOUT ITALICS WINEGROWERS:
Located in Coombsville just east of downtown Napa, Italics Winegrowers is a luxury producer of Bordeaux varietals and blends from Napa Valley. Helmed by Proprietors Ken and Mike Martin, Winemaker Steve Reynolds and Managing Partner Andy Wilcox, the winery employs estate winemaking to highlight the best of what Napa Valley has to offer. Italics Winegrowers will open their expansive caves measuring 16,000 square feet for tours and tastings in Summer 2016. The team at Italics Winegrowers is also overseeing construction for the winery’s stunning hillside tasting room, which will boast unparalleled views, floor-to-ceiling windows and a chef’s commercial kitchen. For more information, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @ItalicsWine and visit www.italicswine.com.