brings to mind black forest cake with cherries, chocolate, cream,
and a garnish of mint. These notes carry over onto the palate and
meld with flavors of fresh blueberry, sweet oak and a touch of wild
sage. The texture is creamy, yet structured enough to pair well at
the dinner table."
A long, cool spring delayed Napa Valley’s grape growing cycle by
three weeks in 2010. Bud break, bloom, set and berry softening were
all impacted. Shoot and crop thinning, deficit irrigation, and
basal leaf removal to expose fruit directly to the sun’s rays were
all implemented to accelerate maturity.
grape growing season often includes an expected heat wave that
arrives unpredictably. In 2010 it arrived on Aug 17, which hastened
maturation. Cabernet Franc was harvested into the last week of
October due to the late start of the growing season.
Half of the
fruit for this wine is from Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak. At
an elevation of 1420 feet, this vineyard experiences early
bud-break yet matures slowly. Floral, red fruit
(cranberrypomegranate) and spice characters were prevalent in 2010
and the fruit from this vineyard displayed
its usual firm structure.
Vineyard, located just north of St. Helena, contributes the balance
of the fruit for this wine. A warmer site with richer soil, it
typically matures a couple of weeks earlier than the mountain
fruit. The vineyard’s fertile, dense soil is responsible for the
chocolate, cherry and mint characters. It also softens and rounds
out the texture of the final blend.
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