Sub-appellation: St. Helena
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% French oak Chateau-style barrels (60 gallons)
Age of Barrels: 100% new
With its signature notes of black truffle, olive and wet earth, this wine is unmistakably from Patzimaro Vineyard. The earthy entry leads to a silky mid-palate that balances lush fruit, lifted acidity, approachable tannins and well-integrated oak, all leading to a lingering black currant finish with hints of tobacco leaf and anise.
Though the 2008 growing season presented certain challenges—from early frosts to drought conditions—a meticulous approach to viticulture and sorting yielded small crops with good concentration, highlighting soft, appealing tannins for our red varietals and bright acidity for our white grapes. A long, moderately cool summer led to a harvest that commenced in mid-August and concluded in early November. This relatively relaxed pace allowed us to pick in numerous passes to ensure quality, often focusing on individual rows or a single side of the vines.