61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petit Verdot;
Aging & Oak
18 months in oak
100% French Oak
95% New Oak, 5% Neutral
6 additional months in 100% Neutral
As compelling as it is complex, this elegant wine effortlessly combines lovely pure fruit flavors with silky tannins and nuanced savory notes. Aromas of red and black currant, acai, strawberry rhubarb and black cherry rise from the glass, along with hints of sweet baking spice, sage, vanilla and fresh-baked pie crust. On the palate, rich, round tannins add depth and sophistication, while aging in French oak imparted a lovely mouthfilling creaminess that adds length to a supple and 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.