92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 1% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petit Verdot
100% French oak château-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
Age of Barrels: 45% New, 55% Neutral
Both generous and graceful, this compelling Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of blackberry, fig, pipe tobacco and sandalwood. On the palate, a wonderful, layered structure that is one of the hallmarks of the exceptional 2013 vintage, underscores flavors of violet, red currant, cocoa nibs and graphite. The finished is long and focused, with a hint of vibrant red fruit reminiscent of fresh strawberry rhubarb cobbler.
The 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent with all of our Estate fruit in the winery by October 10th. A warm dry spring brought an early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Napa Valley.