Nose

Captivating aromas of espresso dark chocolate, toasted s’more, ripe blackberry and spicy red cherry exude from this complex Cabernet Franc.

Palate

The first sip offers richly textured flavors of currant compote and blackberry cobbler moving into a structured mid-palate of sweet tobacco and juicy plum. Finishing with long, smooth notes of cassis and raspberry, this wine is delightful now and will continue to mature for the next decade. Enjoy now through 2024.

Growing Conditions

Peju’s Rutherford Estate is home to thirty acres of vines that stretch from Highway 29 to the Napa River. With an emphasis placed on green farming initiatives, our H.B. Vineyard has achieved California Certified Organic status and is planted primarily with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. The wine produced here is a classic representation of Rutherford, a historic appellation known for wines of great depth, complexity, and longevity. A textbook grape growing year for the Napa Valley, 2013 started off with healthy winter rains leading into a warm, dry spring and an early bud break. The extended heat spike at the start of July made summer temperatures consistently warm, allowing the grapes to mature steadily and develop complex flavors. Winemaker Sara Fowler describes 2013 as “beautiful, balanced and delicious.”

Bottling

Bottled May 2016.

Aging

100% french oak, 85% new.