Right Bank Napa Valley 2018
About this wine
On the nose: Blonde roasted coffee, peach cobbler, licorice candies, canned pears, taffies, white pepper, tomato stems, moss, black tea, blueberries, oyster sauce, lavender, lignum vitae
On the palate: Nice, juicy, salty entrance, sugarless-sweet evolution, dark fruit, cumin, dragon fruit, grenadine, macerated cherry
Blend: 59% Merlot, 41% Cabernet Franc
Fermentation: 80% barrel fermented, 20% stainless steel tank fermented
Aging: 22 months in French oak, 80% new, 20% 1-year-old barrels
2018 was a dream growing season and harvest for Napa Valley. An abundance of rain in February was followed by continuous days of sunshine and mild temperatures that made for uniform vines and even cluster growth. With no major heat spikes to contend with, there was no need to rush through harvest. Cooler temperatures allowed us to pick when we wanted, without stress and under optimal conditions. The gift from Mother Nature translated to wines that not only have great concentration but also an amazing freshness.