Terroir In 2002, cabernet vines on Howell Mountain near the gateway to the Linda Falls Preserve were planted. Stretching above the fog at an average elevation of 1500 feet, volcanic soils and a cooler climate which results in longer hang time. The vines are planted in narrow rows, deliberately positioned to capture the strongest rays of the summer sun. As the fruit matures, the dense spacing and abundant sunshine leads to a low yield of smaller berries with thick, deeply-hued skins.
Vinification The 2014 season was yet another excellent growing year in the Napa Valley. Despite the California drought, rain thankfully arrived in February and March to give the vines a well-deserved drink of water right at the start of the growing season. This led to an overall boost of concentration and flavor in our grapes and resulted in a healthy and bountiful crop. Spring arrived early which translated to an earlier than normal crush. Harvest began on August 11th and brought in the last of the fruit on October 14th. The outstanding weather over that two-month period meant that everything was picked at its optimal maturity.
Ageing 1 year in neutral oak tanks, 2 years in 100% new French oak barrels, followed by 1 year cellared in bottle.
Residual sugar 2.8
Wine Spectator 94 Point!
Decanter 95 Point!