Winemaker Notes The resulting wine from the 2000 vintage exhibits concentrated aromas of black fruit, cinnamon, spice, tobacco and graphite. Supple tannins with hints of cassis and spice finish long and rich on the palate.
Vintage Notes With the exception of a short-lived heat wave between June 12th and 14th, Napa Valley experienced mild summer temperatures in 2000 which permitted slow, steady ripening of the fruit. Light showers that occurred in August were of little consequence and in fact contributed to flavor development, especially in red varieties.
92 Points - Wine Spectator
Elegant, with tiers of currant, mocha, blackberry and espresso bean. (2003)
Blend and Grape Sources
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 1% Malbec & 1% Cabernet Franc from 76% estate & 24% grower vineyards: 27% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford), 18% Yountville Vineyard (Oak Knoll), 15% Las Rocas Vineyard and 11% Barboza Vineyard (Stags Leap), 5% Home Ranch Vineyard (St. Helena) and 24% Coombsville and St. Helena growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 13 - 22, 2000
Aging/Cooperage 26 months in new French oak barrels