This 2013 vintage was made with a majority of estate fruit from the Attelas Vineyard (on Atlas Peak) and a small portion of sourced fruit from around the valley floor Meaty aromatics squeezed through with notes of blackcurrant.
The palate carries a fresh herbal element throughout, flecked with iron and loads of palate stimulation. Mouth-watering and delicious with the substance of Cabernet and the classic expression of Napa mountain Cabernet. Delicious with nice length. A nicely delivered example of Napa Mountain cabernet that retains fresh, old Napa character with a bit less rusticity in the tannin but still that rugged herbal flavour and a sense of exposed, raw iron that is a pleasure. Refreshing, satisfying. Does a good job at delivering the pleasure and regionality of Napa character while avoiding the excesses of the category.
This full-bodied wine opens with aromas of violets, lavender, fresh rosemary, and espresso. On the palate we find flavors of black cherries, red plums, mountain blueberries, mission figs, and chocolate covered orange peel with sweet clay, freshly turned earth, and pencil shavings giving way to ripe, mouth-coating tannins on the long and powerful finish. An elegant and well-balanced combination of fruit, tannic structure, and acidity.