Varietal Composition: 62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot; Cooperage: 100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons); Age of Barrels: 95% New, 5% Second vintage
Complex and compelling, this beautiful wine reveals savory aromatics of sage and bay leaf, combined with layers of intense cranberry, Bing cherry, sassafras and cedar. On the palate, velvety tannins set the framework for an elegantly structured and beautifully balanced wine, with layers of red fruit, Mission figs and minerality, as well as hints of cedar, white pepper and pipe tobacco that linger of the finish.
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.