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.
This blend of Syrah, Viognier and Grenache offers a complex medley of aromas that include black cherry, plum, dried wildflowers, milk chocolate and holiday spices, as well as deeper undertones of forest floor, sandalwood, moist earth and cured meat. On the palate, the tannins are plush and the flavors are rich and ripe with juicy acidity carrying the wine to a lush, fruitfilled finish.
Aged 18 months in 100% French oak, 50% new.