- Producer: Signorello Estate - read about the Estate
- Winemaker: Pierre Birebent
- Region (AVA): Napa Valley (Napa Valley)
- Blend: 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production: 5,180 cases
- Winery location: South of Stags Leap District
- Owners: Ray Signorello Jr.
- First vintage: 1997
- Drinking window: 2018-2030
About The Wine
Napa Valley’s Signorello Estate is driven purely by its vision to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon based wine not only exemplary of its unique hillside vineyard location, but also as an enduring tribute to the winery’s founder and patriarch, Ray Signorello, Sr. That wine is Padrone.
The 2012 growing season and harvest has been described as 'classic' and 'perfect'. There was near ideal Spring bud-break, steady flowering and even fruit-set, with plenty of warm days, and cool foggy nights during the long Summer months. Late and light rains held off until the grapes found their optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.
Traditional French winemaking practices were used in the winery, with native yeast fermentations, extended maceration (each lot averages 25 days on the grape skins) and pump-overs twice a day. The 2012 vintage was aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak from Troncais, Nevers and Alliers, coopered into thin-staved, medium-plus toast Château Ferre barrels by coopers Tarransaud, Saury, Daranjou and Nadalie. To preserve fruit intensity and body, the wine wasn't filtered prior to being bottles on September 5th, 2014.
Signorello Estate Padrone Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
"Blended of 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc, the 2012 Padrone Proprietary Red Wine is very deep garnet in color and showing the opening signs of evolved fruit character—incense, exotic spices, new leather and pencil lead—over a core of crème de cassis, preserved red plums, kirsch and potpourri plus wafts of bay leaves and dusty soil. Full, rich, plush and seductive in the mouth with loads of red fruit and herbal sparks, it finishes long and earthy."
97 points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (The Wine Advocate, Oct. 2018)