The 2005 Napa Valley Red exhibits an expansive nose of cassis, black cherry liqueur, sweet oak, and baking spice notes.
The core is dark, somewhat brooding, with no single flavor component dominating the other. The wine is supple on entry, with a certain firmness and grip in the middle palate. The acidity, and structure with some edges and angles, may evoke a comparison or two to its Bordeaux counterparts.
Late spring rains delayed flowering of the vines, but the summer months were mild, followed by warm, nearly perfect conditions. The cool late summer was nerve-racking, but the long slow ripening without the typical heat spikes during harvest resulted in long hang time and wonderful flavor and color concentration in the grapes.
62% new French Oak.
Dark ruby, nearly opaque.