- Featured in the March 2010 Silenus Vintners Wine Club package
- Retailed for $65
Upon opening, the nose is filled with rich red & black fruits – red and black cherries, currants, black berries with Asian spices & toasted cloves. Fresh coffee beans & Kirsh Liquor are followed by hints of forest floor, pine needles and Lavender.
The palate is true to the nose with massive accounts red and dark fruits. The mid-palate lingers into a long elegant finish of black cherries, vanilla and toasty oak.
“I believe that the vineyard is absolutely the most important factor when creating a wine. For me, it’s the vineyard that creates the quality and a wine’s uniqueness. Really it’s all about the vineyard.”
– Brian Graham, Proprietor and Winemaker
Situated on the warm north-western hills of Calistoga, Napa Valley, this vineyard is very well suited for small berried Cabernet Sauvignon. Extremely dark wines with rich intensity are produced from this fruit. The fog allows mornings to stay cool well into late morning before the hot dry heat the Northern end of the valley is known for. A cool breeze allows for the grapes to mature fully without burning. The soils here are moderately deep, filled with shale, fractured rack and sandy soils allows us to be able to dry-farm the vineyard. This environment yields the qualities most prized among classic Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon fruit.
After picking, the grapes were sorted and de-stemmed into a fermentation tank where they rested and soaked for 8 days. After a warm fermentation the wine went through extended maceration for 30 additional days. Aged in only French Oak barrels for 20 months with no fining or filtering.