Production: 33 barrels regular cuvée / 4 puncheons Reserva
Hossfeld Vineyard – Steep, terraced planting on eastern Napa Valley hillside bowl in Soda Canyon. Historically late-ripening vineyard with extremely low yields (4.58 tons on 3 acres). Typically higher pH mountain fruit; deeply colored, with faint mountain-thistle and dark berry character.
Luce-Abbey Vineyard – Prime
broad, complex structure / Fantastic Aromatics.
Voyager Vineyard – Located on eastern flank of lower
The resulting fruit is very high pitched - cherry-like character with amazing naturally high acidity. Here, the high frequencies soar.
Rhinefarm Vineyard - Small planting just north of Carneros. Very cool-climate vineyard, producing color-extracted berries (2.09 tons). Imparts typically broad mouthfeel and interplays with the Sangiovese & Cabernet to create Burgundy-like
spice in the bouquet.
Mixed oak program (40% new / 37% once-used / 23% 2-years or older):
-Cabernet Sauvignon undergoes m/l fermentation in small, tight-grain French cooperage.
-Sangiovese undergoes m/l fermentation in 130 gallon French oak puncheons.
-Tempranillo undergoes m/l fermentation in small tight-grain American oak barrels.
-Blend is assembled within 3-5 months upon completion of m/l.; released 20 months after harvest
Reserva selection is made prior to 2nd racking, which is then transferred to puncheons where it resides until bottling after 16 months from harvest. It is then aged in bottle 16 months prior to release, totaling 32 months of aging from the time of harvest.