Heady aromas of black cherry and plum, complemented by hints of lightly toasted anise and baking spices.
True to the storied upper reaches of Howell Mountain, flavors of ripe blackberry, black tea and peppercorn give way to a rustic mid-palate, with a pleasing acidity, and notable structure in-play.
The grapes that made this wine were grown in an east-facing hillside Howell Mountain vineyard perched 2100 feet above the Napa Valley floor, and from the remarkable Las Posadas Vineyard located just outside the Rancho. The terraced vineyard is planted on an extreme slope, producing thick-skinned clusters capable of creating a wine with intensity, structure, elegance, and weight.
Aged 26 months in 31% new French Oak - St. Martin, Baron, Ermitage cooperage
Ruby red in the glass,