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


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).