Nose

This wine boasts aromas of raspberry and blueberry perfumed with floral notes and touches of cinnamon and nutmeg.

Palate

On the palate, cherry and raspberry fruit comes forward with layers of cassis, blueberry, vanilla cream, spice, and a sweet note. The texture is smooth and silky with well-integrated tannins and good acidic weight. The wine finishes long and polished.

Growing Conditions

Following several years of drought, February delivered much-needed rain to the vines. Budbreak occurred early in 2015 due to warmer than normal temperatures in late winter and early spring. Warm temperatures and abundant sunshine June through October led to good growth the rest of the season, an early harvest, and very high-quality, balanced fruit.

Harvest

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

Winemaking

The Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blend is produced from as many as 80 different small lots—wines that showcase the complex expression of this storied winegrowing region.

Aging

Racked to 36 percent new American oak barrels, where it was aged for 17 months prior to bottling.

Appearance

Deep ruby in color.

Food Pairing

Expressive and elegant, this exceptionally food-friendly wine will pair delightfully with a variety of dishes, from grilled T-bone steaks with chimichurri sauce, to miso-marinated sea bass or grilled salmon. For a perfect cheese pairing, Fiscalini Bandage Wrapped Cheddar, patterned after traditional English Cheddar, has the fullness, complexity, and ambition to match this wine.