This dramatic wine begins with gorgeous aromas of ripe, dark berry, plum, savory spice, licorice, leather and bay leaf, as well as subtle, oak-inspired hints of caramelized sugar, molasses and nutmeg. On the palate, flavors of rich, dark fruit and blackberry jam are framed by firm mountain tannins and bright acidity, which carry the wine to a long finish with lingering notes of cherry, vanilla, clove and sandalwood.
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.