Palate

Graphite, blueberry and blackberry, in addition to spring flowers.

Growing Conditions

The 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California and rainfall totals in the Napa Valley were approximately half of normal. However, the timing could not have been better: heavy rains in late February and early March gave a much-needed drink of water to the vines as they were emerging from dormancy and about to begin bud break. With a warm spring and summer, the benefit of the drought was that berry sizes were smaller and had more concentrated flavors, which contributed to the overall quality of the 2014 harvest.

Bottling

Un-fined and lightly filtered; bottled August 2016

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, picked at night De-stemmed whole berry to tank 48-hour cold soak at 55°F Inoculated with D80 yeast and fermented for 10 days with 11 days extended maceration Free run drained by gravity for 12 hours and press fraction blended away

Aging

Aged 22 months in French oak barrels; 80% new Coopers: Nadalie Colbert 36 month aged Medium Plus tight grain thin stave

Appearance

Opaque ruby/purple color.