75% Cabernet Sauvignon
Stable, warm temperatures persisted throughout the growing season until picking, ensuring complexity and even ripeness.
Even temperatures lasted until a heat wave in August followed by a sudden chill, resulting in one of the best vintages in recent memory, with intense berry flavor and richness.
10% Merlot Napa See Above
San Luis Obispo The season started out dry and cool, but temperatures rose in August and September, leading to lower yields and impeccable balance and complexity.
5% Petit Verdot
3% Cabernet Franc
Napa See Above
The fruit for this blend was harvested from mid-September through late October to allow each varietal to reach its full potential. Grapes were carefully sorted then sent to temperature controlled tanks for fermentation, with pump-overs performed two to three times daily to fully extract the rich flavors. The finished wine was aged in 50% new French oak for seventeen months prior to bottling.
THE FLAVOR PROFILE:
A complex nose of black cherry, ripe blackberry and stewed cranberry swirl around touches of cinnamon bark and dark cocoa powder. Leading with silky red cherry and bright cassis notes, the velvety palate also displays intriguing hints of sandalwood, cherry cola and toasted vanilla, backed by fine tannins that enliven the smooth, lengthy finish.