60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Zinfandel, 1% Petit Verdot
Aging & Oak
16 months in oak
85% French oak, 15% American oak
The nose is deep and rich, offering layers of dark cherry, tobacco leaf, earth and sage, as well as oak-inspired notes of caramel and vanilla.
On the entry, this wine is smooth and structured, with a broad texture that fills the mouth and underscores flavors of raspberry, blackberry, Bing cherry, cigar box and dried herbs.
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory. To counteract uneven vine growth, we did meticulous green thinning, gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. Due to our quality adjustments the remainder of our fruit fared well despite the October rains. Warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.
Released: February 2014