Oakland Raiders’ Founders Endeavor to Build a Winemaking Legacy with Premium Napa Valley Wines
McGah Family Cellars is pleased to announce the newest vintages of its estate wines, the 2011 Scarlett Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2012 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc. The McGah family is most notably known for founding the Oakland Raiders in the 1960s and maintained ownership of the team until 2005. While the family is known for creating a sports legacy, they also have a deep passion for winemaking. The McGah Family Vineyards in Rutherford have been passed down from generation to generation, producing premium fruit for McGah Family Cellars and other Napa wineries. With these new releases, winemaker Mike Smith has created exciting wines with exceptional consistency and quality.
The 2011 Scarlett was produced from 100% Single Vineyard Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon. A long growing season and impeccable farming produced perfectly ripened fruit boasting a dark crimson color. The fruit was cold soaked for five days, fermented for 18 days and barrel aged for 20 months in New French Oak consisting of Taransaud, Ermitage, Marcel Cadet and Remond. Aromas of currants, spice and a signature loamy Rutherford profile wrap up into an amazing mid palate. Medium to full-bodied, the finish shows great concentration and delineation along with perfectly integrated tannins. Scarlett will age beautifully with its peak drinking window in five to seven years.
The 1070 Green Sauvignon Blanc comprises 92% Estate Grown Sauvignon Blanc and 8% Estate Grown Semillon. The fruit was 80% barrel fermented (8% New French Oak) and 20% stainless steel aged on lees for six months with no battonage. 1070 Green is translucent lemon in appearance with aromas of Clementine, Jasmine, Lanolin and a minerality that brings crushed river rock to mind. The palate is medium to full-bodied, complemented by a nice creamy texture mixed with balanced acidity. Citrus notes ranging from Meyer lemon and ripe Mexican limes combine with the above notes, flowing into a finish that begs for a food pairing.
Scarlett retails for $60.00, and the 2012 1070 Green retails for $25.00. For more information or to purchase, please visit McGah Family Cellars’ web site at www.mcgcellars.com.
About McGah Family Cellars
Representing multiple generations of estate winegrowing and winemaking expertise, McGah Family Cellars is a family operation from the soil to the glass. Our passion is to create ultra-premium estate wine that can be savored, shared and enjoyed by wine lovers all over the world. With a history in Northern California dating back over a century, the McGah family is most notably known for founding the Oakland Raiders football franchise, a proud legacy for which the family is still known today. McGah Family Cellars grows premium fruit on its 65-acre vineyards in the Rutherford appellation of Napa Valley. For more information, visit www.mcgcellars.com.