Palate

An elegant forward nose of blackberry and cassis accented with pepper and anise. Subtle oak nuances, depth and refined tannins.

Growing Conditions

The family is committed to growing grapes without the use of chemicals. Certified by the California Certified Organic Farmers, Oakville Winery uses organic vineyard management techniques. Selective leaf and shoot removal reduces fungus and mildew pressure. Cover crops like oats, peas, mustard and vetch, are planted between rows to naturally inhibit soil erosion, reduce dust, restore nutrients and encourage microbiological activity. Even grape skins and stems are composted after harvest and added back to the soil, replenishing nitrogen and potassium and increasing microbiological activity. Oakville is the hub of Napa’s Cabernet fame and we feel a great responsibility to perpetuate that legacy. The Oakville Wines are entitled to be labeled Estate as we both grow and produce our wines in the Oakville AVA. This distinction compels us to guard both the quality of the wine and the annuity of the land for generations to come. The Pelissa Vineyard is 60 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Our unique Oakville Zinfandel has developed a powerful structure that is sweet on the front palate and spicy on the back.

Harvest

Harvest Dates: 09/03 to 09/30/2007

Aging

Pelissa portion aged 15 months in 50% new French and American oak barrels. Lincoln Creek portion tank aged with oak and micro-oxygenation then barrel aged 15 months in neutral oak barrels.