In the Vineyards – 2015:
In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors.
Reflecting what can be achieved from a legendary vineyard in an exceptional growing season, this wine displays captivating aromas of fresh cranberry, blueberry, fig, cedar and cocoa nibs. On the dense, mouth-filling palate, sophisticated notes of wet slate minerality add poise and definition to flavors of plum, molasses, cherry and crushed rose petals. Silky tannins carry the wine to a beautifully structured finish with hints of moist earth, cranberry and bittersweet chocolate.
7% Cabernet Sauvignon
1.5% Petit Verdot
.5% Cabernet Franc
Cooperage: 18 months in oak 100% French Oak - 75% New Oak, 25% Neutral
Average Sugar at Harvest: 27.4° Brix
Titratable acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml
Powerful and rich-tasting, with a flush of red fruit flavors that quickly fill with sweet tobacco and sanguine notes. Paprika and rich spice accents on the finish. Drink now through 2022. 3,400 cases made. -KM - Wine Spectator Magazine 91 Points