Nose

earth, bay leaf, tobacco, and dark fruit

Palate

cherry, plum, and a long, spicy finish of black pepper, nutmeg, and thyme.

Growing Conditions

The spring was warm and dry, getting the vines off to an early start. The weather stayed warm throughout the summer but was free of damaging heat spells. September brought a classic Napa Valley autumn with warm days and very cool nights. With the consistent warmth, the harvest began about two weeks early and we had a very busy September. The beautiful growing season resulted in truly exceptional wines—full of ripe flavors, developed in the sunshine, and balanced by natural acidity from the cool nights.