73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 10% Zinfandel, 4% Petit Verdot
Aging & Oak
18 months in oak
95% French Oak, 5% American Oak
50% New Oak, 50% Second Vintage
Blended around a core of 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is one of the most structured and age-worthy expressions of our Proprietary Red Wine that we have ever made. The nose offers deep, concentrated aromas of blackberry cobbler and rich brambly fruit. The palate is soft and rich, with balanced tannins framing lush layers of blueberry, blackberry and spice, all of which carry through to a long, supple finish.
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.