Like its predecessors, the 2016 Napa Crest Red Wine tips its hat to its Bordeaux heritage while embracing its Napa pedigree. A delicious blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22 % Merlot and 10% Petit Verdot from our Oakville and St. Helena properties, the 2016 Napa Crest Red Wine is perfect for everyday sipping and as an accompaniment to your family's favorite dishes.
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.