Proprietary Red Wine 2016 3-Pack
About This Wine
On the nose: Beautiful nose of spices, flowers, such as thyme, lilacs with a touch of roses, dark chocolate cherries, gingerbread
On the palate: Fresh, fruity entrance evolving on granular integrated tannins lingering on juicy fruit such as blackcurrant, plum, boysenberry
Blend: 73% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 9% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot
Fermentation: 81% barrel fermented, 19% stainless steel fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 75% new, 25% 1-year-old barrels
2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a series of historic vintages. Spring budbreak came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from a drought winter. There was a slight carry-over effect of that advanced timing in producing a low flower count and lighter fruit set (fewer potential grapes and smaller clusters at maturity). However, the thinner grape population was actually beneficial as it focused the vines’ flavor energy on fewer bunches. Minimal heat spells and consistently cool nights across the summer months allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly while protecting their vitally important natural acidity.