Nose

Aromas of black cherry, pomegranate and cassis.

Palate

Lush and structured mid palate with flavors of black plum and currant and notes of toffee and subtle bay leaf. The texture is velvety and weighty with chewy tannins on the lengthy finish.

Growing Conditions

Estate vineyard on Napa Valley floor on Pratt Avenue in the St. Helena AVA. Sympa is grown on the south parcel, “Block 1,” on a ribbon of gravel that is an ancient river bed with deep, light soils that stress the vines into low fruit production.. The vines are cane pruned and handtended to yield two clusters per shoot. The parcel yields two tons per acre. Cover crops are primarily legumes . Irrigation is light and determined by monitoring vine sap flow throughout the season.

Bottling

Bottled August 2012.

Winemaking

100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Backus cutting of See clone. Hand-picked fruit, double sorted to berry level Cold soak before fermentation, 5 days D254 yeast fermentation 14 days extended maceration Racked twice

Aging

22 months in French Oak barrels: Bossuet, Darnajou

Appearance

Dense purple color.