Nose

The wine opens with a magnificent and enveloping wave of ultra-ripe red and black fruit essence that expands to reveal the wine’s vast briar-berry core. Accents of tobacco leaf, pain grillé and alluring spring flowers run through the profile and beautifully complement the stunning fruit essence.

Palate

Supremely concentrated, the exceptional balance and well-toned tannins roll out like velvet across the palate and complete this benchmark wine.

Growing Conditions

The 2011 vintage was the most challenging harvest we have ever experienced in Napa Valley. In short, the vintage separated producers based on their attention to detail in the vineyard and experience, where timely decision-making became integral to the outcome of the harvest. Extreme reductions in the vineyard were followed by single berry sorting at the winery. In the end, we harvested a very small yet remarkably high quality crop.

Winemaking

Clones 4, 6 and 337. Vineyard: Beckstoffer To Kalon

Aging

Aged 20 months in rare Darnajou French oak barrels.