Growing Conditions

The seventh vintage of this blend–it represents our version of a “winemaker’s wine.” Annum is the one red wine we make each year that allows us to select from a range of prestigious vineyards to make the best blend possible that vintage. 2012 turned out to be a perfect vintage with clear sunny days and cool evenings. This produced a long, moderate growing season with extended hang time and even ripening, resulting in optimum tannin maturity and a deep range of flavors. Region: Napa Valley Appellations: Oakville, 82.5%; Mt. Veeder, 14%; St. Helena, 2% and Rutherford, 1.5%.

Harvest

The vintage ended with a textbook harvest.

Bottling

Non-filtered.

Winemaking

Native-yeast and full natural malolactic fermentations.

Aging

Aging the 2012 sur lies with monthly bâtonnage has coated the tannins and smoothly integrated the wood. We aged this vintage 24 months in completely new French barrels (Taransaud and Demptos).