Nose

Classic and pretty notes of cassis, dried herb, white pepper, vanilla and sweet oak emerge, leading to an expansive and structured mouth.

Palate

It excites the palate and its persistence slowly sneaks up on you, hinting at the wonderful experience it will also offer in the future. Tannins are appropriate and integrated in this impeccably balanced wine.

Growing Conditions

After the marvelous 2012 vintage, we were rewarded again in 2013, with a nearly perfect growing season, and a long ripening period as well. I refer to it a “leisurely” harvest, not forced to pick for fear of rain or extreme heat. For me a relaxed harvest is often an indicator of a fabulous vintage. Vineyard Sites: Howell MountaiN; Taplin Road—St. Helena; Stewart Vineyard—Carneros; Truchard Vineyard--Carneros

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 7, 2015.

Winemaking

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

Aging

18 months in 100% French Oak, 70% new.

Appearance

Although virtually opaque, it is vibrant and lively, never ponderous.