Nose

The nose offers black cherry, dried herb, and ripe plum with a background of sweet oak weaving it all together.

Palate

The mouth captures our stylistic hallmarks—structure, liveliness, and balance. The wine is integrated and harmonious, finishing with an appropriate amount of grip. It is poised for graceful aging.

Growing Conditions

We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2014—in fact I just checked my notes and my comment on the final day of harvest, “sensational!” Sunshine and a warm dry spring gave way to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. An uneventful growing season without extremes is always welcome. Our 2014 Napa Red—a twelve barrel selection--is an ode to true elegance. Vineyard Sites: Howell Mountain; Taplin Road—St. Helena; Stewart Vineyard—Carneros; Truchard Vineyard--Carneros

Harvest

Harvest began early and finished early, avoiding the potentially cool and rainy autumn conditions.

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 4, 2016.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 8 days average, up to 82º Maceration: 15 days average

Aging

18 months in 100% French Oak, 66% new.

Appearance

Dark ruby and youthful in color.