ERA Napa Valley 2016
About This Wine
On the nose: Beautiful interplay of rocks, ripe fruits, nuances of plum tarts, macerated cherries, dark chocolate, lavender, cedar, fresh herbs
On the palate: Silky entrance evolving to a dense structure with blueberry, black cherry, boysenberry, lingering on white flowers, chocolate candy
Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels
ERA 2016 marks the second time our flagship wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. The first was the 2011 vintage when early rains and a cooler climate resulted in lower yields and berries that were very intense. In 2016, spring bud break arrived early due to a dry winter and warm soils resulting in a low flower count, and lighter fruit set with smaller clusters at maturity. The thinner grape population was beneficial to the vines’ energy, which developed a concentrated flavor profile for these fewer berries. “The 2016 vintage may be the best Era yet!