Combining the depth and drama of Petit Verdot with the energy and intensity of Zinfandel, this wine begins with perfumed layers of violet, cherry and forest floor, as well as oak-inspired hints of molasses, cocoa and vanilla. On the palate, it is rich, ripe and luxuriously fruit driven, with supple fine-grained tannins framing the lush berry flavors and carrying the wine to robust 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.