Palate

Black currants, wild huckleberries, cherries and a melting essence of dark chocolate emerge from this full-bodied wine that finishes with a note of vanilla and cracked pepper. This wine makes a great companion to almost any meal.

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.

Winemaking

Primary and secondary fermentation went through to dryness.

Aging

Aged 24 months in a combination of French, Hungarian and American oak barrels, 50% new.