Labeled “Napa Valley Red Wine” so we have free rein to create the most delicious, balanced blend of Bordeaux-heritage grape varieties. Favorite pairings: grilled lamb chops with quinoa, mint and feta salad; osso bucco with saffron risotto. With the screwcap closure, the wine will age similarly to natural cork-finished wines, but without the variability.
Appellation: Rutherford, St. Helena, Yountville, Oakville, Los Carneros, Calistoga, Mt. Veeder
Barrel Aging: 22 Months, 100% Barrel Aged (60% New French Oak)
Varietal Composition: 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 12% Malbec, 8% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot
Production: 434 cases
"A tight and linear red with blackberry
and chocolate character. Full body
and firm tannins and a flavorful
finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon,
malbec, petit verdot, cabernet franc
and merlot. Beautiful now but better
in 2020. Screw cap." - James Suckling, December 2017
Our 2014 Winemaker’s Reserve Red Wine is the perfect blend to showcase the deeply concentrated, complex wines, of this wonderful vintage. This deep crimson-hued Bordeaux-style blend bursts with expressive aromas of rhubarb, rustic cherry, and Christmas spice cake aromas. Underlying the bright fruits there is a subtle smoked meatiness, reminiscent of prosciutto wrapped fresh figs. On the palate, the blend mixes both dark and red berry notes creating a pleasing mouthfeel with hints of delicate young rose perfume and dusty tannins that dance across your palate on the lengthy finish. The Cabernet Sauvignon component delivers rich cassis and blackberry character as well as a powerful structure to the blend, while the Merlot tames the tannins with its plush mid-palate and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate. Cabernet Franc adds a hint of savory wild thyme and gives even more complexity to the upfront fruit profile, as does Malbec with its juicy plum note. Lastly, the seductive floral hint comes from the Petit Verdot. New French oak barrels provide the final layers of this blend, adding baking spices and a brioche-like sweet toast on the finish.
Each grape variety was grown in the specific mesoclimate and soils of Napa Valley where it is able to achieve its most outstanding character. A significant portion of the wine was grown in our estate vineyards. The Cabernet Sauvignon came from the St. Helena, Rutherford and Yountville American Viticultural Areas (AVAs); the Merlot from the Oakville and Los Carneros AVAs; the Cabernet Franc from the Calistoga AVA; the Malbec from the Mt. Veeder AVA and the Petit Verdot was grown in the Rutherford AVA.