Deep ruby color and rich hue. The nose is complex and reveals layers of blueberry, rich plum and red raspberry, along with soft notes notes of vanilla and toast. The texture is supple and shows off the complexity of the 2015 vintage.The tannins are lush with long pallet texture. This wine is drinkable now, but will continue to improve for 5 to 7 years.
Vineyards range from cool mountainside sites in south Napa Valley and to our ranches in Oakville and St. Helena and further north. We hand tend all vines in each individual vineyard block. Napa Valley has more diversity in soil composition than all of France.
All of our fruit is hand sorted and fully destemmed to small stainless steel tanks with no crushing. Cold soaks (5-7 days), warm fermentations (85-90° F), and moderate pumpovers (twice a day or less) were done this year in order to express the 2015 vintage. Total skin contact ranged from 19-34 days with all fermentations being carefully basket pressed and put to barrel on full fermentation lees for ML. Racking was twice per year with only one assemblage being done to allow the blend to “marry” in barrel. Native yeast and ML used with
only small lots conducted using cultured Bordeaux isolates.