Taking inspiration from the great Super Tuscans, this exceptional blend of Napa Valley Sangiovese and Cabernet Sauvignon displays inviting aromas of vibrant red cherry, cranberry, plum and violets, with undertones of sandalwood, caramel, nutmeg and cocoa powder. The red berry notes continue on the palate, where they are framed by bright acidity and fine, dusty tannins, with hints of saddle leather and sweet oak emerging on the finish.
In Napa Valley, a mild spring and summer, with no significant heat events, pushed the beginning of harvest back a full four weeks from our average start date. In addition to providing abundant hangtime, the temperate weather ensured that the fruit was able to preserve excellent natural acidity. Because the cool weather continued into autumn, we were able to assess and pick each block at ideal ripeness. One of the most noteworthy elements of the growing season was the fact that the grapes were able to develop beautiful, fully ripe flavors, at lower Brix. As a result, the wines are both elegant and complex, with excellent energy and acidity, and lovely varietal character.