Winemaker Notes: “ A deeply hued wine featuring rich aromatics of plum, coffee, fig, and blackberry. Medium-bodied and round with notes of molasses, baking spice, and graphite on the palate. Supple, well-knit tannins frame this wonderfully complex Napa Valley Petite Sirah.
FMW 95+ Points: “A deep, blackish-blue color profile with bright aromas of currants, red plum, quince, violets, figs, molasses, and blackberry that jump out of the glass. The wine is lush, medium-to-full-bodied with a broad mid-palate structure that builds to complex layers of texture and flavors. The oak profile integrates the fruit and tannins which are wide-grained and lead to a long, lingering finish.”
Wine Enthusiast 94 Points: “Juicy black fruit presents on the palate as soft, supple, and well integrated in this memorable wine, which was aged in Burgundian oak for 17 months. It shows touches of baking spice, black pepper, and violet, with plenty of structure and texture.”
Vintage Notes (by winemaker): The growing season saw rain in January and February then almost no notable precipitation for the rest of the season. This provided an ideal environment for grapes to flower, bloom, and set in early spring. Budbreak was early in April followed by flowering and bloom in May. The summer saw early and even ripening with no concerning heat spikes. Everything tended early thanks to the calm spring with veraison appearing in early July. Due in part to the drought, yields were naturally lower, resulting in less dropping of fruit in the vineyards. It was one of the earliest starts to harvest on record. Harvest kicked off with clear skies and almost no weather events to worry winemakers. This allowed the grapes to hang as long as winemakers wanted to achieve optimal ripening and taste.