Club Price $44.00
Crafted in the traditional style of a Bordeaux wine from the Right Bank, this Merlot dominated red blend was aged for 20 months in French oak barrels to enhance the structure and add complexity. This wine offers intense aromas of black cherry, blueberry and plum, with a hint of mocha and cayenne. On the mouth, we get ripe dark fruit flavors, aided by supple tannins and a well balanced acidity. This unique profile grants the wine a smooth texture and lengthy, elegant finish.
500 cases produced
Varietal Composition: 42% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Franc, 11% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot
Technical Data: ALC: 14.8% by vol.; TA: 6.2 G/L; pH: 3.53
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 30% New Oak
Hand-picked in the early morning, so the grape clusters remain cool and intact, the fruit was promptly brought to the winery where it was de-stemmed, crushed and placed in stainless steel tanks for fermentation. During Fermentation, our skilled cellar crew performed two pumpovers a day, in order to extract color and phenolics from the grape skins. The grapes were gently pressed, to grant tannins a luscious profile. The wine was racked 100% French oak barrels (30% new) where it aged for 20 months with three racking prior to bottling.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unreasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluded for us on October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.