Tasting NotesOur signature wine is a deep, dark red color and opens to blueberry, anise, chocolate and vanilla. The lush, full-bodied palate continues with flavors of raspberry, cedar and hints of tobacco. This wine's incredible balance and long finish is accentuated by its integrated tannins and lush flavors. Enjoy with chocolate, cheese, Filet Mignon, NY Strip steak, Flat Iron steak or venison. Drinkability: Now to 2021
Winemaking NotesOur Estate program follows traditional French winemaking practices. Techniques include the use of extended maceration (each lot averaged 25 days on the grape skins) and frequent pumping-over (two times a day). The 2005 vintage aged for 21 months in 43% new Troncais, Nevers and Alliers Oak (thin-staved, medium & medium-plus toast Chateau Ferre barrels). Tonnelleries: Seguin Moreau, Radoux, Demptos, Sylvain and Doreau. Barrels were topped monthly and racked every 6 months. To preserve fruit intensity and body, the wine was not filtered prior to bottling on August 7, 2007.
Vineyard NotesOur estate vineyards planted in 1990 on the Napa Valley hillsides east of the Silverado Trail provided the grapes. A variety of exposures increased the wines complexity. Western slopes: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Eastern slopes: Cabernet Franc and a second Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard. Crop level and vine growth were closely monitored to achieve balance and intensify fruit character. The vineyards are densely planted (1240 vines per acre) and vertically trellised. The rocky soil with moderate amount of clay averaging three feet in depth provides excellent drainage.
2005 Harvest ReportConditions for growing grapes in the Napa Valley in 2005 have been very good. Healthy winter rains and a warm dry spell in late March proved to be just right for this years bud break, which was right on schedule. The relatively cool growing season slowed development but overall, growers and vintners are in agreement that the vineyards had never looked better in Napa Valley. The health of the vines was speculated to be partly due to the 2004 lower crop level, which allowed vines to store good carbs for the 2005 growing season.