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ERA Napa Valley 2016

ERA Napa Valley 2016
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About This Wine

Color: Deep red-black Cassis liqueur with touches of fuchsia on the rim

On the nose: Beautiful interplay between rocks and ripe fruit and nuances of plum tart, macerated cherries, dark chocolate, lavender, cedar and fresh herbs

On the palate: Silky entrance evolving to a dense structure with blueberries, black cherries and boysenberries lingering on white flowers and chocolate candy

Wine Profile

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented

Aging: 22 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels

Vineyard Notes:

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!

-Jean Hoefliger

Wine Specs
Red Blend
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