Forward aromas immediately leap from the glass—
lavender, black cherry, hint of coriander, vanilla, white pepper.


It offers the perfect weight for a Napa Cabernet
with impeccable balance, harmony, appropriate acidity, and focused structure. It should age beautifully. This is a
wine with expansive flavors that are seductively palatable.

Growing Conditions

For those who think flat and foggy Carneros, they are surprised to learn that the northern boundary of the
appellation—where Truchard and Stewart Vineyards are located—is quite different. Rolling hills and less fog
provides an ideal environment for Bordeaux reds. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this region tends to add
softness, acidity, and forward, almost floral notes to the final blend, while the stunning Cabernet Franc adds
another structural and aromatic component. The Stewart Merlot is so fabulous year after year that we began
bottling some on its own.

Living in Napa Valley, we have become fairly accustomed to predictable un-extreme weather. 2008 was a bit of a
wake-up call. Spring frost struck numerous areas diminishing crop levels significantly. Extreme heat in May
followed by cool rainy weather affected bloom and berry set as well. Forest fires in June eerily blackened the
summer skies. Heat returned--100º+--in late August and early September that quickly catapulted us into harvest.
Our 2008 Cabernet has sneaked up on me, continuing to elevate itself in the wines of the decade. I am confident this “sleeper” vintage will intrigue, captivate, and satisfy.

Vineyards: Truchard Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles, Stewart Vineyard


Bottling Date: August 16, 2010.


Fermentation: 14 days average, up to 82º

Maceration: 21 days average


20 months in 100% French Oak, 65% new.


Dark ruby,
youthful, and initially brighter than the brooding 2007.