The 2015 Restoration Red Blend expresses aromas of dark cherry, black currant, with a subtle floral component of rose petals. The nose is complex with nuances of chocolate brownie dusted with cocoa powder and forest floor. The sweet oak spice is prominent yet integrated.
The flavor is big, voluptuous, and elegant, with rich depth of dark cherry and Santa Rosa plum. With balanced acidity, good body and texture, the tannins are well resolved, providing a long, fruitful finish.
The 2015 winter was one of the driest on record for Napa, although we did receive 75% of normal precipitation. The relatively dry, warm winter promoted early bud break and a cool spring supported a long flowering period. The balance of the season was moderate to warm, the crop was very light, with small clusters, small concentrated berries, and the fruit ripened in most cases, a good two weeks early. A moderate harvest gave way to a warm spell that completed the ripening on an early note.
Petit Verdot 9/19 Merlot 9/24–9/26
Predominantly fermented with native yeast and natural mL
9 gallon barrel agingAged in Barrel: 48 days
Very dark ruby in color.