Blend and Grape Sources 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Merlot from 53% estate & 47% grower vineyards: 34% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 10% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap), 9% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena) and 47% Oakville and Napa Valley growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 15 months in French oak barrels and puncheons
Winemaker Notes Low crop yields and intense berry flavors characterized the 1987 vintage. This year’s blend offers rich, black currant flavors, exotic tobacco leaf aromas and a spicy cherry-like component. The result is a striking wine that at this point is still quite young and will improve for many years.
96 - Wine Spectator
Magnificent. Dark, ripe, dense, chewy and enormously concentrated, it's clearly one of the stars of the vintage. (1997)