90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
Superb sites in the renown Napa Valley AVA highlight the world-class pedigree of this release Classic Bordelaise winemaking (handwork in Napa Valley vineyard, modest use of new French oak barrels, egg-white fining) partnered with a touch of Cabernet Sauvignon provides a richly textured and balanced result.
Vintage 2018 was a superb vintage with outstanding weather all season. Yes there was some isolated hail and two heat spikes, but overall the season was excellent for premium viticulture. Wildfires in October posed challenges to late-season grapes such as Syrah and Zinfandel but all our Merlot grapes had already been picked. Our 2018 Napa Valley Merlot yields were about average and the tiny berries were deeply colored, richly textured and showed great promise.