Every vintage and harvest presents a unique set of obstacles, and we approach every year ready to face the challenge. Vintage 2019 began with occasional rains and cooler temperatures, which brought soil saturation and allowed fruit to mature steadily. Summer helped the grapes to ripen, and the warm days and cool nights of the Fall fostered gradual sugar accumulation and longer hang times. Harvest began slightly later than normal in some areas, with fruit picked at its peak, promising exceptional flavor in the bottle.
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“There are certain special blocks within our Mount Veeder estate vineyards that produce fruit which showcase the art of winemaking at elevation. Mount Veeder is Napa’s coolest and wettest mountain growing region, resulting in extended harvest dates, allowing fruit to ripen in an almost leisurely journey to your glass. This blend is led by Malbec and then Cabernet Sauvignon, both easily recognizable for juicy black fruit flavors and aromas of black cherry and wild mountian blackberries. The wine has a dark, inky color due to the high Malbec content. This vintage is rich and ripe upon entry with rustic tannins and blackberry crumble aromas that are supported by a nice core of acidity. Careful aging in new French oak presents a long vanilla finish with delicate notes of cinnamon and star anise.”
- Dave Guffy, Chief Winemaker