This wine has an intense nose of black cherry
and black plum with notes of toffee and mocha.
Rich black fruit
flavors with hints of cocoa and tobacco leaf seamlessly comprise
an expansive mid palate. The finish is silky with firm tannins.
Estate vineyard on Napa Valley floor on Pratt Avenue, bordered
by Napa River and York Creek. Bale loam soil. This wine is grown
on the south parcel, “Block 1,” where the loam is heavier in sand
and gravel…a low-vigor ribbon of ancient river bed. Cover crops
are primarily legumes. The vines are cane pruned and handtended
to yield two clusters per shoot. The parcel yields roughly
two tons per acre.
Bottled: June, 2019
Cold soak before fermentation
Native yeast fermentation
Fermented in one-ton bins with two weeks extended maceration
22 months in French Oak barrels, 100% new: Bossuet, Darnajou
Deep purple in color.