Winter rains were followed by a warm, dry spring in Napa Valley that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. With lovely weather throughout summer, all of our white varieties were harvested before a week-long heat event during the last week of August, resulting in Chardonnay and Viognier with excellent acids and enticing aromas. Because the early-season rains produced healthy canopies, our red grapes developed perfectly during the heat. After a timely cooldown that provided additional hangtime, our reds were harvested in September and early October, yielding bold and robust wines with beautifully polished tannins.
This rich and supple red draws you in with alluring aromas of plum, currant, clove, vanilla and black licorice before revealing more umami-driven hints of soy, nutmeg and sandalwood. On the palate it is complex and concentrated, with silky tannins and layers of cracked pepper, graphite and tea leaves adding nuance and depth to the lush, mouthcoating fruit flavors.
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak, 50% new.