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)
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