Nose

This gorgeous Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon entices with aromas of black cherry, orange zest and a touch of dust.

Palate

On the palate, layers of cherry, zest and dark cocoa powder coat the mouth while a hint of fresh pine provides an appealing zing. Rich and full-bodied, this wine’s tannins provide a reassuring grip underneath their supple, velvety mouthfeel – an indication of age-worthiness and promise of evolving complexity with years of additional cellaring.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season began relatively dry, continuing with a warm spring and perfect weather for fruit set. The vines produced a record amount of high-quality small-berry clusters, enabling us to nurture the crop with great precision. In all, we kept just half the initial yield to ensure optimal ripeness. The berries developed exceptionally rich flavor, color and density. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch, Stagecoach, Rancho Chimiles Sold out.

Bottling

The wine was bottled unfined and minimally filtered and bottled on May 9, 2014.

Winemaking

The grape clusters were hand-sorted and de-stemmed, and individual berries selected by our winemaking team. After seven to fifteen days of a gentle cold soak in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. After two to three weeks, the fruit was gently pressed and the juice was moved to barrel where it finished primary and malolactic fermentation, also native.

Aging

The wine continued to age in 65% new French oak Bordeaux barrels for eighteen months.

Appearance

A deep black core and garnet rim.