Lingering notes of plum and raspberry, with a hint of cassis, clove and sage.
Intense, bold flavors of dark fruit - black currant and blackberry - are well integrated with subtle notes of bing cherry and white pepper. Petit Verdot and Malbec provide lushness and bring elegant dark fruit to the finish. Firm and nicely integrated tannins make for a smooth and long finish to this multi-dimensional Napa Valley wine.
The inspiration behind this blend, was in fact the vintage. 2013 was an incredible year with regard to fruit quality, and we were greatly impressed with two lots from two different Napa AVA’s - Oak Knoll and Atlas Peak. We sat at the blending table and got creative with both components. Combining the two lots along with Petite Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc resulted in great complexity, giving it tremendous fruit intensity, while keeping lush and powerful. Harvested by hand in the early morning hours,the grapes from all of the vineyards were brought to the winery where the clusters were carefully hand sorted, de-stemmed but not crushed. Fruit was put into different fermentation vessels - temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers, where wine was drawn from the bottom of the tank and sprayed evenly over the cap, helped to extract color and flavor from the grape skins. The free run wine was placed in a combination of new (40%) and seasoned French oak barrels. Kept in separate lots by vineyard, the wine was racked three times yearly prior to bottling.