This red blend is full of black cherry, clove spice, blackberry cobbler, and vanilla toast. The mouthfeel is full on the entry and the soft tannins and balanced acidity are a delicious combo.
2015 was a fine year for red varietals in Napa Valley. There was minimal rain during set, leading to an average crop size with nice color and flavor development. A warm summer led to a slightly earlier harvest. Rain toward the end of October brought the successful vintage to an end.
In the late spring of 2016, all 2015 TPWC lots were evaluated for character. The most concentrated and delicious lots of each variety were selected for the first vintage of Dérangé. After lot selection, all barrels destined for Dérangé were hand-selected by tasting each and every one. Lots were hand-harvested and delivered to the winery. There, they were destemmed and put into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. The fruit was pumped over twice per day to extract maximum color with balanced tannins. After 15–25 days on skins, the grapes were pressed off, keeping any hard press separate. The new wines were barreled down into French oak where they aged for 18 months.
18 months in 100% oak barrels, 50% new French.