(From 2010 Vintage) The 2013 vintage gave us near perfect growing conditions which led to an early harvest. Spring conditions were warm and dry which led to an early bud break and very even set. Aside from one hot spell at the end of June, temperatures remained moderate throughout the spring and summer. With only 8 inches of rain from January through June, the vines had less green growth and an earlier turn to fruit development. Early October saw a major north wind event, bringing dry air off the arid northern CA interior down across the coastal areas. Humidity during October 3-7 was very low, single digits, with strong winds buffeting all parts of Napa. Thirsty vineyards prompted harvest to accelerate even more than usual. In 7 days we brought in ~24% of our fruit. Harvest of our hillside fruit on Mount Veeder began September 14 and ended October 19 – well ahead of our usual schedule. As harvest progressed, we became more and more aware that the color and intensity of Bordeaux reds in the 2013 vintage would lead to a truly phenomenal vintage
(From 2010 Vintage) Deep blackberry and dark plum spiked with spice, chocolate and toasty oak. Focused concentration, rich and round with a long, supple finish.
Wine Spectator(From 1998 Vintage) Rating: 86/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/01