This wine presents an enticing potpourri of bakery aromas—chocolate-covered cherries, caramel, spice, black cherry, vanilla, and crème brûlée; the mouthfeel delivers a supple structure of warmth and soft tannins for an instant gratification and extended pleasure.
We source this highest quality fruit from the mecca of California Cabernet – Bella Oaks Lane just off Highway 29 in Napa Valley. This vineyard is among the famous company of Opus One, Nickel & Nickel, Robert Mondavi and Cakebread Cellars. 2015 was the fourth drought-influenced year in a row in Napa which significantly lower yields but produced a high quality crop. The vintage for Napa Valley and the Cabernet varietal received a 95 rating from Wine Enthusiast. The highly concentrated flavors of the fruit were the premise to this elegant and supple wine.
We crushed 3.1 tons of hand-picked fruit and aged the wine in 70% new French oak barrels for 22 months to consolidate the Old World character and to faithfully deliver all the distinct features of the varietal.
This wine has aging potential but is delicious now and will continue to evolve and delight over the next 5+ years.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair with the finest cuts of meats or a good aged Cheddar with toasted walnuts. But sometimes it’s best to let a champion stand alone.