Classic mountain Cab, this wine expresses cassis, chocolate, black cherry, mint, coffee and black tea notes. The palate is lush and uber-concentrated, with just enough acidity to add a liveliness to the texture and plenty of supple tannin for both a long smooth finish and long-term aging potential.

Excellent weather from bud-break through harvest contributed to the development of grapes that achieved full physiological ripeness. The vintage concluded smoothly, with cabernet sauvignon grapes night harvested between October 7th and October 28th. Twenty-one individual wine lots were fermented in stainless steel vats for 14 – 25 days and were then gently pressed to French oak barrels, 50% new, for 19 months of barrel aging. During the assembly of the final blend, 7% merlot from our Lower Mountain Top vineyard block (which is the primary source of our Vintner Select Merlot and Reserve Claret wines) and 5% petit verdot were selected to add roundness, red fruit notes, spice and acidity.

Appellation: 76% Napa
24% Sonoma
Vintage: 2016
Harvest: October 2016
Fermentation: Stainless Steel
Cooperage: French Oak
Blend: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon
7% Merlot
5% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: July 2018
Production: 6035 cases
Release Date: November 2018
Price: $74.00