Nose

Powerful and complex, this wine offers alluring aromas of ripe black cherry, red raspberry and rich dark plum that mingle with layers of cocoa powder, cassis and black licorice.

Palate

The entry is lush and silky, filling the mouth with bright flavors of strawberry preserves and red currant that lead into touches of creamy vanilla toast, dried sage leaf and maple-brown sugar on the impeccably structured finish, supported by smooth, velvety tannins.

Growing Conditions

2013 was an ideal season 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

The wine was racked to 100% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 26 months prior to bottling.

Appearance

Deep garnet.

Food Pairing

A classic, meaty dish, such as a roasted lamb loin with grilled vegetables and Romesco sauce, makes a fine partner for this multilayered, powerful bottling. This beautiful wine is equally enjoyable after dinner alongside dark chocolate truffles or a dry, aged cheese such as the Montgomery Cheddar, an English raw cow’s millk cheese