92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot
100% French oak château-style barrels (60 Gallons)
Barrel Aging: 24 Months
Age of Barrels: 95% New, 5% Second Vintage
A true mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, there is an unmistakable wildness to this wine—both in its robust structure and in the character of its fruit. Complex aromas of wild berries, dried herbs, truffle and hibiscus leap from the glass. These notes continue on the rich, firm palate, where they mingle with flavors of cassis, Mission fig, dark chocolate, mint and lavender, all supported by fine, age-worthy tannins.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming Bordeaux varietals. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning. We also gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. The majority of our Merlot came in before the October rains, and due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well until it was harvested. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.