Deep plum color with scarlet red highlight. Expressive aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and ripe plum with hints of pepper. On the palate, full-bodied and complex flavors of tart raspberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, and light notes of spice.
The 2018 growing season began with an unusually warm and dry winter period that was 50-75% below average for rainfall. Weather quickly changed to very warm for the duration of May and June but temperatures were well below normal during the mid to late summer period. Due to the slow and uniform fruit maturation, the colors were excellent, the tannins were chewy and soft, and the ripe fruit flavors were complemented by the fruit's natural acidity. We began picking throughout the Napa Valley in late September and harvest was completed in the second week of October.