Winemaker vintage notes. "The 2007 vintage began dry with some very cold days and single-digit nighttime temperaturesaround the New Year holiday, and continue dry, with about 60% of normal precipitation.Temperatures were warmer than normal as winter continued into spring, resulting in earlierbudding, bloom and set in the vineyards. The summer growing season continued on the mildto cool side, with few days topping 100 degrees. There was a brief period of heat that spikedaround Labor Day, but the temperatures cooled quickly. This heat spike added the boost ofsugar development that growers were looking for. Unseasonably cool weather arrived thesecond week in October, with nearly an inch of rain falling in parts of Napa. Then IndianSummer returned with warm, clear days and vineyard crews sprang into action for whatappears to be a vintage of exceptional quality from all points around the Napa Valley."
2007 is the first vintage of Riva di Levante. Translated as steep bank where the sun rises, the grapes are sourced from a 3 acre block on the eastern slope, where the elevation peaks at 2000 feet. The soil is a deep red loam and is the source behind the name Cimarossa (red hill top). The berries are hand-picked and the wine is aged for 22 months in French oak (50% new).