Aromas of rich dark berries with hints of cigar box and herbalnotes precede flavors of roasted coffee bean and vanilla. Firm but accessible tannins providestructure to this approachable, full-bodied California red.
The majority of grapes were selected from Napa Valley vineyards, planted 300 feet above thevalley floor on a steeply terraced, rocky site that faces southwest. The 2007 blend includes a smallpercentage of Mt. Veeder fruit which was added to enhance body and complexity.The hand-harvested fruit aged for 20 months in new oak (90% French and 10% American), withfrequent rackings during the first year.