Proprietary Red Napa Valley 1.5L 2010
About This Wine
On the nose: Dense expression of dark cherries, blackberries with touches of lavender, cedar, cigar boxes, leather, ashes balanced with fresh cut violets, touches of kirsch, sautéed mushrooms
On the palate: Velvety entrance of blue, black berries with hints of plum, geranium leaf, violet candy, lingering on dark cherry, tomato stem
Blend: 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 9% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 60% Barrel Fermented
Aging: 22 months in 80% new French oak, 20% 1 year old barrels
2010 was a very cool vintage with high levels of acidity which protect fragile aromas and give a great backbone to the wine. The growing season allowed the aromatics to be a little less ripe and more subtle and fresh because at no time was the grape burned by heat. The consequences are a well balanced wine with lower alcohol levels but also include wonderful extraction of great Napa Valley terroir.