Cedar-cigar box notes aromatically right up front with hints of classic
sweet clove from the Franc and a deep rose.


On the palate the clove,
cedar mingles with black fruits and a touch of pepper to form a complex
spicy wine with a Bordeaux like minerality accented by currants,
pomegranate and black plum. Complex and full bodied, yet bright with
big shoulders and a long finish.

Growing Conditions

This is only the third wine I have made in this blend design in my 30+
years of winemaking. For those that have followed my Reserve type
Cabernet Francs and Reserve Merlots since the early 80's this will
remind many. But don’t expect a grocery store Merlot or simple
Cabernet Franc.

Includes fruit from the Carpenter
vineyard in St. Helena)


The fruit was punched cap fermented.


Barrel aged for 39 months in
selected French Oak barrels then blended prior to bottling.