Elegantly, expressive, and authoritative. While still showcasing the dominate plum, black cherry, herb and tobacco characters, the reserve has a more refined and sophisticated delivery. Deliciously generous with a toasty finish of well-integrated, plush tannins.
The near-perfect 2016 growing season started early, saw ideal weather conditions throughout and wrapped up as the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14. Thanks to a relatively steady and mild July and August and then a series of warm days at the end of the growing season, vineyards were able to progress to perfect ripeness. Wines from the 2016 vintage are now quietly developing in cellars throughout Napa Valley and vintners are pinching themselves and smiling for the gift it appears Mother Nature has given them: a fifth consecutive vintage of stellar quality Napa Valley wines.