Intensely aromatic with scents of red cherries, plums, ripe boysenberry, vanilla and violets.
Flavors of black and red cherries, blackberry jam and red currant create a voluptuous core, complemented by lively acidity and soft tannins. Nuances of fig, vanilla and baking spice invite another taste.
2015 brought the earliest harvest in our 35-year history. Yields were down overall, but prolonged warm weather resulted in exceptional fruit quality and richly flavored wines. Sustainable farming practices were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard, then transported by refrigerated trucks to our winery in Napa Valley.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
15 months in American oak (32% new)
Dark purple with magenta highlights and a bright ruby rim.