4 Napa Valley vineyards
100% Cabernet Franc
100% French oak, Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Age of Barrels: 50% new, 50% second vintage
A subtle note of wet river rocks frames this wine’s layered aromas of ripe raspberry, violets, licorice and clove. On the palate, the entry is elegant and long, balancing mouthwatering blackberry and currant flavors with hints of cedar and leather. Though powerful, the tannins are very well integrated and provide lovely structure, supporting the fruit and giving the wine excellent length.
Due to a wet spring and mild growing season the 2010 harvest started two weeks later than we would normally expect. Later, milder seasons tend to result in wines of fine elegance and balanced natural acidity. This is exactly what we see in our white wines and the best reds from superior locations. During harvest the conditions (a strong heat wave and then significant late rains), caused us to be very diligent in the vineyards fine tuning the fruit and making timely picking decisions. In the winery we took precautions to be respectful to the characteristics of the fruit and feel that has resulted in wines of character and intrigue.
Release Date: May 2013