Nose

Intriguing strawberry, sweet tobacco and beanilla vanilla aromatics.

Palate

Blackberry honey, puer tea and pomegranate flavors. A finish filled with ever evolving essence of burnt caramel and a red velvet texture.

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 no exception. We just have much less of it in 2015.

Winemaking

Calera clone. Fiv day cold maceration followed by 17 days of fermentation. A combination of daily pigeage and pumpovers during time on the skins maxing out at a fermentation temperature of 88°F. 23 days total vat time followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Aging

Aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels.