Winemaker Notes Although the harvested grapes contained slightly higher tannins than the pervious vintage, the significantly lower acid levels provided superb balance and texture. The finished wine has deep, smoky aromas, lush blackcurrant fruit flavors, and a long, silky finish. We expect it to age gracefully for many years.
95 - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
“The wine is extraordinary... a big, spicy, licorice, vanillin, smoky, cassis-scented nose, sweet, ripe, massive flavor concentration...” (1995)
Blend and Grape Sources
67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Merlot from 82% estate & 18% grower vineyards: 50% Las Rocas Vineyard (Stags Leap), 32% Banca Dorada Vineyard (Rutherford) and 18% St. Helena, Oakville and Carneros growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 24 months in new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels