Sonoma Cnty | Napa Cnty (1.5L)
93pts, Wine Enthusiast - December 2017 (Best of 2017)
24 bottles produced
Each bottle has been signed and numbered by Winemaker, Ana Diogo-Draper! Due to the limited quantity and extra care, please allow an extra 2-3 weeks for shipping large formats
temperature controlled fermentation tanks, where it went through a 3 day
cold soak process. The fruit then fermented for 15 days. We blended 53% of Tempranillo from Alexander Valley with 47% Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, in order to create a wine with amazing depth of fruit, and a unique aromatic profile.
The 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California and
rainfall totals in the Napa Valley were approximately half of normal. However,
the timing of the late rains through February and April let our vineyard team relax a little as the vines received a much needed drink of water as they were emerging from dormancy and about to begin bud break. This rainfall recharged our soil and provided enough water to fill the reservoirs. Furthermore, the spring was warm allowing us to save water if needed for irrigation rather than using it for frost protection. As summer began, our vineyards already had full canopies and full clusters. Veraison, when the skins of the grapes change color, typically occurs in late July; but this year we saw the changing color occur much sooner. And finally, while the vines used for high-quality wine production generally dont need much water, a benefit of the drought is that berry sizes are typically smaller and have more concentrated flavors, which our winemaker believes contributes to the overall quality of this years harvest.