This limited-production blend celebrates several intriguing varietals and provides the perfect showcase for the distinctive velvet blueberry expression of Malbec. Onyx brings together Merlot, Tannat and Malbec—all grown on our densely-planted estate vineyards throughout the Napa Valley.
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Presenting a beautiful ruby-black color in the glass, this wine
expresses an array of aromas that are equally attractive: bright black plum, red berries,
fresh cherry juice and fresh mint. The supple, round entry fills the palate with flavors
of Bing cherry, crushed strawberry and juicy raspberry that seamlessly intermingle
with hints of rhubarb pie, toasted oak and graham cracker. Fine oak-integrated tannins
balance the palate and carry on through the lasting finish, echoing with touches of
ground clove and toasted vanilla.
The fruit for this wine was selected from a collection of our estate
vineyards throughout the Napa Valley, mainly Carneros, Rutherford and Stags Leap
District. The distinctive terroir of these prestigious appellations as well as the dense
planting and meticulous farming by our vineyard crews contribute to the richness and
complexity of this unique bottling.
2013 was an ideal seaon in Napa Valley, with dry
conditions and a long, sunny summer, allowing even ripening and yielding exquisite,
balanced fruit. The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in
early October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum
extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 30% new French oak barrels. The
wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
A full-bodied and fruit forward wine, this vintage of Onyx would stand up
well to grilled herbed pork chops with shallot butter and roasted red potatoes. For a
deliciously memorable cheese course, pair this wine with Beemster Classic, an extra
aged cow’s milk Gouda from Holland.