Nose

A vibrant bouquet of stewed cherry, raspberry coulis and sweet vanilla, joined by hints of cinnamon stick, toasted clove and rhubarb pie.

Palate

The palate is supple and bright, leading with sweet red plum, fresh red berries and raspberry cream and following with notes of spearmint and cocoa powder that linger throughout the velvety finish.

Growing Conditions

We source Charmstone from our estate vineyards in Stags Leap District, Rutherford, and Oakville; each appellation imparts its unique characteristics and creates a vibrant and complex fruit-forward wine. 2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit.

Harvest

The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. The berries were hand-harvested at night, carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place.

Aging

Racked to 43% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.

Appearance

A deep garnet wine.

Food Pairing

This lively, fruit-forward blend is a versatile food wine and would make a lovely pairing for a variety of dishes, especially grilled steak with ratatouille. For a delightful cheese course, try this wine alongside Cambozola, a creamy, soft German cow’s milk cheese with a nutty finish.