Palate

Our 2012 Orchard Cuvee is an intense concentrated wine following in the tradition of the great wines of the Bolgheri Sassicaia DOC. Elegant, complex aromas with a rich dense mouth feel, sweet balanced tannins and a long finish with depth and structure. Cabernet sauvignon provides both structure and aromatic complexity with cassis, cedar and tobacco. The cabernet franc component brings a lifted, slightly more floral aroma, and a hint of spice on the palate.

Growing Conditions

In the style of Sassicaia a great italian wine from Bolgheri; this is rich, flavorful, abundant, long lasting. A treasure! The Oak Knoll District benefits from an ideal climate featuring morning fog and cool nights. These moderating influences produce one of the longest growing seasons in the Napa Valley. Today, OKD wines are highly sought after. The 2012 vintage is one of the best in recent history. Ideal weather during the growing season culminating at the end of September with a cool period which allowed for intense flavor development without sugar accumulation producing balanced and ripe fruit of extraordinary color and flavor.

Bottling

Bottled May 2014.

Winemaking

The grapes were picked by hand, in small lots, at the peak of ripeness, hand sorted, destemmed, cold soaked, fermented to dryness and gently pressed.

Aging

The wine was then aged for 18 months in a combination of 40% new French and 60% neutral oak barrels.

Food Pairing

Pair with: Osso Bucco, Braised shortribs or Tuscan style veal chops with garlic, rosemary and sage.