Palate

Created from 100% Merlot grapes, this wine displays flavors of cocoa, cranberry, orange zest, cherry and pipe tobacco. The palate shows a velvety texture and good length, round and balanced without being oppressively heavy. Enjoy now and for ten years from vintage.

Growing Conditions

Sourced mostly from the cooler, southern part of the Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Vintners Association described the 2013 growing season as “early, even and excellent” with the vintage showing tremendous promise and potential. The warm, dry spring brought early bud break and ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. Temperatures were consistent throughout the summer with the exception of one heat spike in late June / early July.

Harvest

Billed as the earliest harvest in recent history, we began picking Chardonnay on September 1st, grapes came in at a furious pace throughout the month. Overall, harvest finished about two weeks earlier than normal and yields on the whole were above average.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Winemaking

The fruit was hand-picked and hand-sorted before undergoing an extended cold soak, with two weeks on the skins. After primary fermentation and native malolactic fermentation.

Aging

The wine was aged for 20 months in French oak (40% new).