This limited-production blend celebrates several intriguing varieties, combined with Cabernet Sauvignon, 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 Napa Valley.
Gleaming dark ruby in color, the Tannat grape—the national grape
of Uruguay—contributes color and structure to the blend. Inviting aromas of sweet
cherry, vanilla, and dried fruit lead to flavors of dark red cherries, dark chocolate, and
berry cola with hints of spice and toast. The rich, silky mouthfeel and youthful, chewy
tannins linger on the finish.
The fruit was selected from a collection of our estate vineyards in
Rutherford, Stags Leap District, and Oakville. The distinctive terroir of these prestigious
appellations, as well as the dense planting and meticulous farming by our vineyard
crews, contributes to the richness and complexity of this unique bottling.
Vintage 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 to mid-October. Fermentation took place
at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine
was racked to 40 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 18
months before bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
A full-bodied and fruit-forward wine, this vintage of Onyx would stand
up well to grilled chops and Parmesan polenta or a simple, juicy burger. For a perfect
cheese course, pair this wine with Abbaye de Belloc, a rich, full-flavored sheep’s milk
cheese made by Benedictine monks in the French Pyrenees.