The fruit for this vintage was chosen from our premier estate vineyard sites throughout the Napa Valley, mainly the Rutherford, Stags Leap District and Howell Mountain AVAs. The bright, ripe fruit and substantial mouthfeel that characterize this complex bottling are a direct result of the meticulous care and attention to detail paid by our vineyard workers to the vines.
HARVEST AND WINEMAKING
The 2010 vintage was cooler than usual during the growing season, but ended with a heat wave. As a result, the fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness late September to mid-October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 50% new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for a total of 18 months before bottling.
This wine presents a beautiful opaque ruby hue in the glass as well as a bountiful bouquet that matches the intensity of its color. Lush aromas of dark currant and deep black cherry are pleasantly pronounced as they are joined by touches of fresh vanilla bean, graham cracker and toasted cinnamon. The velvety palate opens with flavors of luscious red cherry, cassis and briary blackberry fruit that melt into hints of star anise, ground clove and sweet tobacco leaf and are carried by supple tannins through the lasting finish.
Deliciously fruit-forward and vibrant, this is a fantastic food wine, and will pair beautifully alongside a variety of dishes, from braised beef shortribs with celery root purée, to a seared ahi tuna burger, to roast chicken with herbed new potatoes and sauteéd seasonal vegetables. Also, try this versatile bottling alongside Mimolette, a hard, aged cow’s milk cheese, for a memorable cheese course.