(From 2010 Vintage) A warm, dry spring got the vines off to an exceptionally early start. No frost, no rain, no unusual heat waves, just endless days of California sunshine with classically warm afternoons and those cool nights that the grapevines adore. Budbreak was early, veraison was early, and the tempo continued right up until harvest. Great quality across the board, healthy fermentations, rich, complex, full bodied wines throughout the Napa Valley.
An enticing Cabernet Franc brightness in the mid-palate adds length to this wine’s delicious Kirsch, blackberry liqueur and chocolate flavors. Finally, crisp, wet tannins from the unusually intense Petit Verdot bring the wine to a clean finish with cassis and espresso notes.
Wine Spectator(From 2000 Vintage) Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 12/31/03