Nose

This sophisticated dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon offers aromas of cedar, black plum, toffee, wild blueberry and black tea leaf.  

Palate

The dense, powerful palate boasts layers of chewy black fruits, vanilla, cedar and cigar box, all of which are complemented by graphite and tar. The finish is tenacious; layers of fine tannins and dark fruit linger on the palate.   This wine is rich, round and intense.

Growing Conditions

2010 graced Napa County with a long spring.  In March, the young tender vine buds were protected from frost by blankets of fog.  Late spring and mid‐summer were mild, with temperatures slowly increasing throughout the season.  Occasional heat spikes in late summer and early fall encouraged ripening and higher sugar levels.  The wines from 2010 are structured and bright with well‐articulated flavors

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2012.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, closed‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts  5‐day cold soak, 28 days total maceration    Voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels 

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new.