Growing Conditions

2015 is the vintage in which drought was on everyone’s mind. Rainfall the previous vintages was minimal at best and 2015 was very dry for most of the State. However, thanks to some early season rains, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall. Thanks also to cool temperatures during the growing season the demand for water was kept to a minimum. These cool temperatures also contributed to uneven fruit set which resulted in much lower than average yields. Sugar accumulation was also slightly ahead of flavor development and so we harvested most varieties with more sugar than in the previous vintages. Small vintages typically result in more concentrated wines and 2015 is n

Winemaking

Four day cold maceration followed by 15 days of fermentation. Daily pumpovers during active fermentation at 88°F. 27 days total vat time followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new).