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Reviewer, Robert Whitley - This wine is a masterpiece of balance and complexity. On the nose, it exhibits notes of cedar, spice, licorice and mocha. On the palate, the purity of fruit is stunning by revealing aromas of blueberry, black currant and blackberry in endless layers of flavor. The wine is dense and rich without being daunting, and the gentle backnote of wood smoke provides a wonderful savory accent. The wine finishes with long, persistent waves of flavor. This is Napa Valley red wine at its finest.
Winemaker Jeff Gaffner vinifies grape lots separately to retain individual block and varietal characters, but he also coferments some lots for added complexity and layers of flavor. Once in the cellar, the grapes are de-stemmed and cold soaked for 2-3 days in small fermenters, and then inoculated with a low rate of cultured yeast. Periodic punch downs and pump overs encourage softer extraction at lower alcohol levels. After pressing, the wines are sent to barrel to finish primary and secondary fermentation. Once finished, they are racked off the lees and returned to the same barrels for a total of 24 months aging.
A seductively layered Bordeaux blend, with a compelling nose of licorice and sweet spice; hints of tobacco, cassis and black currant with mocha notes that unfold on the palate and linger in the long finish.
A seductively layered Bordeaux blend, with a compelling nose of licorice, clove, sweet spice and blueberry from the Petit Verdot and Malbec intricately mingled with cedar, tobacco, cassis and black currant from the Cabernet Sauvignon. Rich mocha notes unfold on the supple palate, lingering well into the long, elegant finish.