Sourced from a distinct vineyard that sits in the morning shadow of the Vaca Mountains, the bed of alluvial soils and volcanic deposits provide the perfect home for growing superlative Cabernet Sauvignon.This mineral-rich landscape that basks in the afternoon sun provides by the perfect environment for fully ripening fruit that possesses beautiful natural acidity and purity. An underbelly of rugged energy epitomizes the mountainous area of appellation, and effortlessly conjures the emotional nature of what the Napa Valley wilderness must have been like before we all descended upon it.
This wine opens immediately in the glass, revealing heady notes of black currants, Turkish tobacco, Satsuma plums, and spiced cloves that evolves effortlessly with time in the glass. A palate full of ripe warm summer berries, cherry preserves, wild sage, vanilla cream and warm earth lead into a mineral-laced finish that is both incredibly complex and texturally sublime. The wine was aged in 60% new French oak for 15 months, highlighting Rutherford’s infamous dusty fine-grained tannins and a lingering acidity that frames the entire sensory experience.