Palate

The color is pure ink, the aromas are intense and perplexing, the mouthfeel is at once bold and fresh with plenty of black fruit flavors. The stately tannins assure aging for many years and guarantee a wine experience like nothing else from this young vineyard.

Growing Conditions

2016 saw another nearly perfect vintage in the Napa Valley. Winter precipitation afforded relief from drought concerns, while a very pleasant spring and mild summer produced slightly less than average yields, smaller clusters, and more concentration in the fruit. Mid-October brought substantial rains to the region, the first in quite some years, but we were fortunate to already have in all of our grapes.

Winemaking

Four day cold maceration followed by 11 days of fermentation. Daily pumpovers during active fermentation at 90°F. 24 days total vat time followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Aging

Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels (50% new).