Sourced from a mature vineyard planted to the old Wente clone in a cool Napa Carneros site, the fruit was hand harvested over two days in September of 2014, then whole cluster pressed into french oak barrels (50% new: Tremaux, Frere, Latour, Remond, and DAMY). The wine fermented cold on gross lees in barrel with frequent stirring. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation (72% complete), and was aged for 15 months sur lie with battonage for the first year.
The wines opens with aromas of Asian pear, lemon curd and marzipan. It continues to unfold in layers of perfume: lily, lychee, cashew, followed by richly layered fruit hinting at nectarine, papaya and kumquat. The palate is nuanced, adding flavors of gold plum, crushed granite and cocoa, These intense flavors linger in a long rich finish, balancing weight with citrus zing. Enjoy now and over the next few years!