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.
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.
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.
Aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels