Tasting Notes

“A striking example of a balanced wine, featuring ripe, juicy dark berry, spice, herb and dusty oak, with firm yet tender tannins. Napa Cabernet this good often costs a lot more.”

– Wine Spectator’s James Laube

2017 Winemaker's Notes

This wine is approachable in its youth, with balanced tannins and a fruit-forward character. The vast majority of fruit comes from our estate, supplemented by a limited amount from Napa Valley growers.

2017 Tasting Notes

Vibrant aromatics of ripe cherry, black plum, cedar, and fine leather all leap from the glass. The supple and seductive entry is ripe with blackberry jam and soft mocha tones, leading this balanced wine through the mid-palate with notes of vanilla, violet florals, and a touch of white pepper. The finish is smooth with approachable velvety tannins that softly linger and make this wine the consummate crowd pleaser.

Vintage & Viticulture

The season began with a memorable amount of rainfall, which was a refreshing change after five years of drought conditions, but also included more triple-digit heat waves in the summer months. The weather during the mid-harvest season cooled a bit and included some late foggy mornings. These cooler mornings allowed for a longer growing season for later-ripening varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, giving them longer on the vine. This additional hang time markedly slowed sugar accumulation and ripening, ultimately producing deep, alluring, finesse-driven wines.