More European in style than Californian, restrained use of oak
and the absence of lees during barrel aging allow the tropical
and citrus fruit flavors to flourish. This wine bridges the crisp,
unwooded Southern Hemisphere style and the rich, oaky,
buttery style of California. Aromas of ripe fruit and a hint of


rich, creamy roundness from the malo-lactic
fermentation, give the wine texture and an opulent finish while
the tank-fermented portion keeps the wine bright and lively.
Sumptuous and mouthwatering on the palate

Growing Conditions

For the third year in a row, Napa Valley experienced an exceptional vintage and near drought conditions. Though
the drought continued to concern us throughout the growing season, between 11 and 17 inches of rain fell in the
critical months of February and March, coming at the right time to provide the necessary water needed for a fairly
smooth growing season. The warm winter resulted in an early bud break. July’s relatively low temperatures were
coupled with high humidity during the summer, heightening rot and mildew concerns. The relatively cool summer
slowed down sugar accumulation to achieve perfect ripeness at lower sugar levels. The growing season provided
numerous challenges – our third consecutive drought year, the South Napa earthquake in August, and late season
hail. Our harvest started about two weeks early, the earliest since 2004, with vines yielding loose clusters of small,
intensely flavored berries. The resulting wines have deep color, rich fruit flavors and a wonderful, supple texture on
the palate.


53% barrel & malo-lactic, 28% tank
only, 19% tank to barrel then aged 5
months, in 20% new French Oak