Nose

A streak of vanilla is enveloped by vivid black cherry, hint of butterscotch, bay, thyme and allspice.

Palate

Aromas lead into similar flavors with just the right amount of edginess to temper the weight and richness of the wine. Lively, lingering, and structured—hallmarks of the wonderful 2008 vintage.

Growing Conditions

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.

Bottling

Bottling Date: August 17, 2010.

Winemaking

Harvest Dates: Sept, 8, 12, Oct 17 Fermentation: 12 days average, up to 82º

Aging

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

Appearance

Dark ruby in color.