90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Barrel Aging: 18 months
Age of Barrels: 85% new, 15% neutral
Aromas of boysenberry, raspberry and white pepper rise from the glass, followed by hints of Ancho chili and toasty oak. On the palate, the boysenberry and raspberry notes continue, mingling with layers of graham cracker, graphite and fresh-baked strawberry rhubarb pie. Sweet oak finesses the mid-palate, while firm tannins and ample acidity set the framework for a long, lingering 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.