In Napa Valley, a mild spring and summer, with no significant heat events, pushed the beginning of harvest back a full four weeks from our average start date. In addition to providing abundant hangtime, the temperate weather ensured that the fruit was able to preserve excellent natural acidity. Because the cool weather continued into autumn, we were able to assess and pick each block at ideal ripeness. One of the most noteworthy elements of the growing season was the fact that the grapes were able to develop beautiful, fully ripe flavors, at lower Brix. As a result, the wines are both elegant and complex, with excellent energy and acidity, and lovely varietal character.
Paying homage to our early blends of exceptional Napa Valley Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, this alluring wine offers aromas of juicy raspberry and blackberry, along with notes of cracked pepper, clove, allspice, vanilla bean and tobacco. The lush berry layers continue on the palate, where they glide across supple tannins towards a bright, juicy finish with lingering hints of dark plum, chocolate and spice.
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak, 60% new.