Nose

black and blue fruits

Palate

blueberries and black cherry are accented by spicy cloves, anise and evident vanilla and cedar.

Growing Conditions

It would be hard not to say that the South Napa Earthquake that hit just as harvest began is the most memorable touch-point of 2014, but really, it’s just part of the story. The driest winter on record gave way to some welcome rain in late February and early March, just as the vines came out of dormancy and inched toward bud break. A warm spring set the stage for a perfect start to the growing season, reflected in the generally higher than average yields that resulted. We were a bit early to harvest, but not dramatically so. Early, exceptional, and largely uneventful – except for that ground rattling on August 24 at 3:20 a.m.

Aging

20 months in French Oak, 10% new (Principal Coopers Demptos & Saury)

Food Pairing

Coffee and herb crusted lamb chops, duck confit, chicken mole, wild mushrooms, dried figs and dates with blue cheese and balsamic syrup