75% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, sourced from Napa Valley’s cooler south side; Los Carneros, Oak Knoll District and Yountville on mostly volcanic, clay, sandy loam soils. Fermented in stainless steel and then transferred to barrel (20% new) for 20 months ageing.
“Texturally, this is an arresting wine. So close to being complete in its youth, it shows great, great promise. Elevated from the kind of rusticity that often visits Cabernet Franc, the length of this wine is profound and suggests a long life of tertiary wonder. Bright,refreshing, yet sophisticated, this struck me as a perfect expression of Cabernet Franc, tempered by a measured Merlot profile. A complete pleasure to consume.” The Wine Advocate
This is the first vintage. Smooth and textured with lovely graininess. It’s smooth and ripe, but also fresh with lovely elegance, too. Has some chalky, grainy Cabernet Franc character, with a taste of luxury but also great balance. 94/100. Dr Jamie Goode, The Wine Anorak.