Nose

This wine is bright and lively on approach with aromas of cassis, cherry, violet, dried herbs, cedar and anise.

Palate

Flavors feature fresh fig, red cherry, black berries, licorice and a touch of bread crust on the finish. This is a big wine from a dense vintage and will increase in complexity with 7-10 years of bottle age. The wine is approachable now with refined tannins, a rich mouth-feel and a long finish.

Growing Conditions

Estate vineyard on Napa Valley floor on Pratt Avenue with Bale loam soil. Vines are cane pruned and hand-tended to yield two clusters per shoot. The parcel yields approximately two tons per acre.

Bottling

Bottled September, 2016.

Winemaking

Cold soak for 5 days. Post-fermentation maceration 14 days. Racked twice.

Aging

22 months in 100% new French oak barrels: Bossuet, Darnajou, Atelier Centre France, Sylvain, Taransaud.