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Wine Specs
Red Blend
Napa Valley
Alcohol %

Each vintage our production team has the opportunity to consider the fruits of the year’s harvest and create Contemplate, a blend that showcases the rarer Bordeaux varietals. Our winemaker, Michael Beaulac, and his team choose their favorite small lots to feature in this exclusive wine club blend each year. The result is a unique and captivating insight into the essence of the vintage.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
A delightful bouquet of fresh black cherry, dark currant and bramble berry, cloaked in tones of sweet cedar, charred oak and faint vanilla bean emanates from the glass in this dark ruby wine. Sweet, intriguing flavors of briary blackberry, lavender, white pepper and dark chocolate endure on the palate long into the round finish, backed by firm tannins and balanced by bright acidity.
Vineyard Notes
The fruit for this wine was sourced from our vineyards in Oakville. Cabernet Franc is a late-ripening varietal, and this warmer region encourages the development of complex flavors and a rich mouthfeel.
Production Notes
2014 was a consistently temperate growing season in Napa Valley, with moderate temperatures and minimal rain in September, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in early October. The berries were handharvested at night, carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where fermentation took place. Then, the wine was racked to 50% new French oak barrels, where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
With abundant flavors of its own, the 2014 Contemplate would be an excellent partner to a sweet yet savory meal like duck confit with sour cherry sauce or pizza with grilled sausages and figs. This wine would also make a delicious and memorable cheese course when paired with Camembert, a soft and earthy cow’s milk cheese from the Normandy region of France.