A Bordeaux-inspired blend from three unique Napa Valley vineyards, the 2019 Reserve No. 8 harnesses our philosophy of finding superb sites that neighbor natural bodies of water into the spotlight. The Napa River’s various tributaries allow one to find agricultural gold if one knows where to look, and takes you off the beaten path if you’re up for the adventure. Fruit born among a rugged hillside terroir melds effortlessly with energetic and opulent grapes, bringing three distinct grapes and profiles into one expressive offering. The resulting wine is an homage to both the Napa Valley and the marvelous river that runs through it.
A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Malbec, and 20% Merlot, generous aromas of wild Marasca cherries, spiced plums, cigar box, gravel and toasty oak leap out of the glass, and lead into a sensual palate full of ripe blackberries, warm blueberry pie, sweet herbs, and spiced vanillin. Aged in 80% new French Oak for 18 months, there is a sophistication and persistence on the finish full of complex fruit, backed by keen layers of acidity that carry effortlessly through the finish.