100% Cabernet Sauvignon
100% Napa Valley
68% Stags Leap District
32% Mt. George Vineyard
Deep cassis color; aromas of black currant and plum, clove and chocolate, hints of bay leaf and toast; rich, mouth-filling stone fruit and spice on the palate, with integrated tannins and balanced acidity, full body, dense and concentrated, with a broad, lasting finish.
After a dry winter, warm February rains forced early budbreak. Unseasonable hot weather in March accelerated growth and made the vines susceptible to hard frosts that came in early April. Bloomtime heat further reduced crop. After one last heat spell in July, August and September were moderate, even cool, allowing ripening to proceed gradually.
Average Brix at harvest was 25.0?; light yields of 3.5 tons per acre translated into concentrated fermentation lots; 16 days’ maceration on skins; aged 23 months in chateau-style barrels, 94 percent new, 90 percent of French oak.