We are proud to release the third wine in our Virtue Series: Courage. Courage was bottled just after Hurricane Harvey and the Napa Valley wildfires that tested our collective humanity. Moved by the generosity and strength of neighbors and first-responders, Courage honors the sacrifice and bravery of countless unsung community heroes. Courage is a blend of five different grape varietals that were farmed in Napa Valley and Mendocino.
The backbone of this wine consists of two unlikely bedfellows. A full 56% is Syrah and Merlot. The Merlot balances and softens the powerful fruit components in the robust Syrah. The next 29% is Petite Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon, both powerhouse grapes that add texture, weight, body and longevity. The final 6% is Petite Sirah which adds a deep purple color and blackberry jam aromatics.
Each of these grape varietals were aged separately, in oak barrels, until they acquired the perfect balance of fruit and baking spice aromas. The blend was allowed to settle for 9 months, giving the grapes time to come together and “get to know each other.” The result is complex, delicious, and layered with flavor. This wine opens beautifully with 30 minutes of decanting.
Pair it with savory winter dishes like Beef Bourguignon, smoked turkey stew, and roasted root vegetables.