2019 Napa Valley Rosé:
Tasting Notes: A beautiful bouquet of strawberry, citrus, bamboo and rose petal on the nose with a hint of minerality. Honeysuckle leads on the front palate followed by mouth-filling flavors of stone fruits and strawberry with refreshing acidity. Faint touches of orange peel on the finish.
Composition: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot
2015 Napa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon:
Wine critic James Suckling had this to say about the wine, “Nutmeg, dried herbs, jasmine, freshly cut grass, eucalyptus, and vanilla undertones. Full-bodied with flashy tannins and a violet extract finish. Outstanding, drink in 2020.” 90 pts
Vintage: The 2015 growing season in Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in much smaller crop in 2015, compared to both average yields and also the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, winemakers worked hand-in-hand with vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure they picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the water year, bringing far fewer water concerns for Napa Valley's vintners.