If you were in Napa Valley in October of 2012 you would have thought winemakers were on holiday despite the long hours; the giddiness and lightness of step were that apparent. We were finally treated to a relatively uneventful and predictable growing season and the results were apparent at the first racking. This charming vintage has the structure of claret combined with succulent Oakville fruit. Cabernet Franc from this rocky site graces the blend with silky tannins, but it’s the floral notes that are so appealing. Aromatically explosive, layers of dark cherry, mandarin peel, savory dried herbs wrapped in the warmth of subtle oak, make this bottling worthy of aging yet approachable today.

Cabernet Sauvignon 90% / Cabernet Franc 10% / Oakville AVA

Twenty months in French oak cooperage

Bottled July 2014 / 391 Cases and magnums

Release: Spring 2015