Palate

Anise, blackberry, gravelly minerality and an overall mouthfilling expression of merlot.

Growing Conditions

The vineyard sits at an elevation of 1,600 feet, well above the fog that frequently rolls into Napa Valley in the evening, resulting in nights that are slightly warmer than those in the valley below. Meanwhile, the high altitude keeps daytime temperatures cooler. Harvest comes later, and the long hang-times allow for the development of deep, complex flavors. The grapes for this wine come from the oldest and most prized block of the W.S. Keyes Vineyard. The 2013 growing season was another near perfect year. With only a day or two approaching 100 degrees, temperatures were steady and in the sweet spot of 85-95F. Dry conditions throughout allowed for ideal maturation and flavor concentration.

Aging

19 months in French oak (100% new)