Left Bank Napa Valley 2019
About This Wine
On the nose: Complex mixture of restrained but concentrated red cherries and black plum skins, damp forest floor, sarsaparilla root, tarragon, cocoa beans
On the palate: Bright and lively focused entry, red pluot, gravelly soil, saddle leather, tar, underbrush, with a defined mid-palate and long, fruit-focused finish
Blend: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc, 8% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: 30% barrel fermented in French oak, 70% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 20 months in French oak, 30% new, 70 % 1-year-old barrels
2019 provided us with an unprecedented growing season. Moderate to cooler temperatures in early spring resulted in a delayed start followed by showers during bloom in May. However, continual moderate temperatures from June through August allowed vines to balance their growth. By early August, as cluster size was fully developed and overall growth more harmonious, it was clear that 2019 would be a memorable vintage. A month later, most red grapes showed complexities and flavors that normally would not appear until later in season. The 2019 wines show early approachability and impeccable balance.