On the nose, this radiant red blend showcases layers of vibrant fruit and spice, with notes of red cherry, cranberry and currant mingling with aromas of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and freshly roasted coffee beans. The juicy red berry notes are echoed on the broad, mouth-filling palate, with hints of black pepper, saddle leather, cocoa and graphite adding depth and nuance to a long, delicious 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.