(From 2013 Vintage) Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley’s treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes—with a smooth balance of acids and sugars—provided a broad sweep of opportunities for winemakers to cull only the most select fruit.
(From 2010 Vintage) Aromatics unfold with olives, anise, coffee, thyme and dark fruits. On the palate the wine showcases a rich mouthfeel of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, blackberry cobbler, dusty cinnamon and mocha. The finish evolves with bright acidity and inky tannins that integrate with intense savory fruit.
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 05/15/02
Wine EnthusiastRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast