This wine is juicy on entry and explodes with ripe red and black fruit flavors, wrapped in a layer of sweet oak. This charming wine finishes with hints of currant, blueberry and blackberry.
The Cabernet Franc grape does share some DNA with Cabernet Sauvignon, but they are not the same grape. Like Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is deeply colored, offering floral, plum, blackberry, cassis, spice and fresh herb or leafy aromas. This wine is juicy on entry and explodes with ripe red and black fruit flavors, wrapped in a layer of sweet oak. This charming wine finishes with hints of currant, blueberry and blackberry. The tannins on the finish are resolved and velvety.
Double Gold | The American Fine Wine Competition
Silver Medal | Texas International Wine Competition
100% Napa Valley
Sub-AVA: 46% St. Helena, 46% Talcott Vineyard
43% Coombsville, Collineta Vineyard
11% Oakville, Oakville Station Vineyard
Cooperage: 50% New French oak, 50% 2-year French oak
The 2013 growing season began early, one of the earliest in the past decade. On the heels of two cold years in 2010 and 2011, this year was a welcome relief. With an early start due to a dry winter, followed by a warm and dry spring, the weather stayed surprisingly beautiful with no major rain or frost to diminish the crop. Through the summer we experienced consistently warm temperatures, only one rainstorm, and not many days with heat spikes above 100 degrees. Harvest began a few weeks earlier than normal, giving winemakers the opportunity to pick at optimal ripeness and not under pressure from Mother Nature. In 2013 we achieved intense flavors and excellent color extraction, with fine tannins and firm acidity. Quality and quantity all came together this year.