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Fifth Generation Winemaker Joe Wagner Unveils THREADCOUNT

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Joe Wagner Launches New Non-Vintage Blend, Under Napa Valley Quilt Portfolio, Highlighting Some of California’s Most Noteworthy Coastal Growing Regions

Napa Valley, CA (March 14, 2023) – Today, Joe Wagner, a fifth-generation winemaker and founder of Copper Cane Wines & Provisions, introduces THREADCOUNT (SRP $24.99), a California non-vintage red blend and an extension to his Napa Valley Quilt portfolio. THREADCOUNT will begin to appear in stores and restaurants in March 2023.

­This inaugural blend is crafted by Joe Wagner, a fifth-generation Napa Valley winemaker. In 2001 at age nineteen. Joe’s passion and natural talent for winemaking quickly became apparent after he started his own award-winning single vineyard Pinot Noir label, Belle Glos.  Joe went on to create Napa Valley Quilt which quickly became a top 10 luxury wine in just five vintages. THREADCOUNT is an extension of the Quilt winemaking style translated for more casual occasions.

­The term “thread count” is commonly known as the sum of the threads and weft of a fabric, and denoting of texture, and inspired the name of this extension, THREADCOUNT, to reflect the balance of this new offering.

THREADCOUNT is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Merlot from Mendocino, Sonoma and Lodi. The grapes were harvested early in the morning so the fruit would arrive at the winery while still cool, to preserve the vineyard-fresh flavors. After de-stemming the berries, the fruit was cryo-extracted and then cold-soaked to soften the skins and allow for ideal extraction. During fermentation in a combination of closed and open-top stainless-steel fermenters, punch-downs and pump-overs were performed to extract color and tannins, keeping temperatures low to build mouthfeel and maximize flavors. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak for between 12-16 months. After the wine underwent malolactic fermentation, it was racked every six months before the final blend was complete.

“We’re thrilled to continue expanding the Napa Valley Quilt portfolio with THREADCOUNT,” said Joe Wagner. “I love what I do and love exploring new possibilities for California reds, and THREADCOUNT has been a great passion project. We hope people enjoy this new offering and its bold flavors as much as we do.”

THREADCOUNT TASTING NOTES

  • COLOR: Dark cherry with scarlet red highlights
  • AROMA: Complex aromas of black raspberry, milk chocolate, and soft hints of sweet cedar
  • PALATE: Bold flavors of boysenberry pie, sugar cookie, and toffee lead to subtle notes of strawberry jam and baking spice. The balanced and complex tannin structure creates a long-lasting enjoyable finish.

Since its founding in 2014, Copper Cane Wines & Provisions has redefined the modern winery through their unique approach to the winemaking process. Representative brands include Belle Glos, Böen, Elouan, and Napa Valley Quilt.

About Napa Valley Quilt

Classic yet complex, Napa Valley Quilt is fifth-generation winemaker Joseph Wagner’s tribute to the character of Napa Valley and its rolling patchwork of vineyards. At a young age, Joseph garnered a love for cultivating the land, tending grapevines and the art of winemaking, thanks largely to his father and grandparents who co-founded Caymus Vineyards in 1972. Napa Valley Quilt exemplifies the classic cult-style wine structure achievable only in the Napa Valley, while the blending of fruit from a variety of vineyards allows the wines to have more complexity and a better style consistency from vintage to vintage. Each wine in the collection is crafted from vineyards hand-selected by Joseph, and results in a collection of wines praised by consumers and critics alike; the 2017 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve both received a score of 92 points from Wine Spectator, exemplifying superior character and style. The Napa Valley Quilt portfolio includes Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve and The Fabric of the Land Red Wine. 

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