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This deep ruby wine opens to primary aromas of cherry, mixed berries, and plum with hints of graphite. Secondary aromas show graham cracker, vanilla, spun sugar, toast, coffee and cola. The entry is bright, and like the aromas, the flavors expanding on the palate show primarily fresh red fruit intergrated with oak influences of toast, graham cracker, and vanilla. Ripe tannins are soft and polished, and acidity is bright and juicy. The finish is long, with red fruit continuing to the end.
Varieties: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot, 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley | Barrels: 100% new French oak, 18 months
2017 Cabernet Franc, $60 per bottle
Cabernet Franc is often used as a blending grape but is lovely as a single bottling. The grape contributes finesse. Although Cabernet Franc is commonly a pale red color, ours is deep ruby, almost purple. The nose shows briar, sage, forest floor, plum, black berry, brown sugar, violet, and coffee. The entry is light, expresssing fresh fruit flavors with a sweet milk-chocolate nuance. Firm, dusty tannins are balanced by the moderate acidity, and the wine finishes with a lingering cherry cream flavor.
Varieties: 89% Cabernet Franc, 9% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley | Barrels: 30% new French oak, 18 months
2017 Petit Verdot, $60 per bottle
Petit Verdot is a thick-skinned grape expressing a dense, deep ruby color. Aromas are dark and brooding, with blackberry, black cherry, fig, mocha, dried herbs, and savory truffles. Oak Barrels contribute a caramel and toasted marshmallow nuance, along with some baking spices. The entry is juicy, with mouthwatering acidity. A rich midpalate leads to flavors of dark plum, black cherry, mocha, coffee, and dark chocolate. Ripe, pronounced tannins are present from start to finish. Enjoy this wine with Miso Marintated Sturgeon (recipe by winery chef Susan Lassalette located on our website).
Varieties: 98% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec
Appellation: Napa Valley | Barrels: 50% new French oak, 18 months
2012 Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, $148 per bottle
The 2012 vintage was stellar, allowing slow, even ripening and yielding exquisite, balanced fruit. This wine is aging beautifully, hanging on to primary fruit aromas and flavors of sweet cherry, florals, dark chocolate, plum, and berries, with some tertiary aromas of toasted oak, cedar, cinnamon, and dried herbs coming forward. Balanced acidity and tannins provide the backbone for this wine, with layered, thick tannins revealing coffee, espresso, and dark fruit. This full-bodied wine is enjoyable now.
Varieties: 99% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc
Appellation: Howell Mountain, Napa Valley | Barrels: 60% new French oak, 18 months
2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon, $128 per bottle
The fruit for our 2012 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon shows typical red fruit that is a signature of the Rutherford appellation. This deep ruby wine has a pleasing bouquet of dried sage, with tobacco, cedar, cinnamon, and caramel from oak barrels. The approachable palate shows juicy, up-front flavors of raspberry, strawberry, Bing cherries, root beer, and vanilla cream. A bright entry of red fruit and a fresh midpalate continue to the dusty tannins and cranberry finish.
Varieties: 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec, 3% Petit Verdot
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley | Barrels: 60% new French oak, 18 months
2012 Petit Verdot, $72 per bottle
The deep ruby color at the core is showing some age with a slight garnet rim. Lovely aromas of strawberry-rhubarb pie, cedar, caramel, briar, and toast are well intergrated. The entry is filled with flavors of red raspberry, cherry, cola, coffee, white pepper, vanilla and a hint of clove from oak aging. The juicy acidity is reminiscent of cranberries and is balanced by big tannins. The toasted oak lingers to the finish. Decanting is recommended.
Varieties: 90% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Napa Valley | Barrels: 68% new French oak, 18 months
$548, plus any applicable state tax