This wine exudes alluring aromas of plum, currant, cherry, pomegranate and cracked peppercorns, as well as hints of cranberry, strawberry, savory smoked meats and herbs de Provence. The vibrant red fruit flavors are echoed on the palate, where they are accentuated by bright acidity and smooth, weighty tannins. As the wine evolves, notes of violet, clove, coffee bean and cocoa powder emerge, carrying the wine to a long resonant 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.