This wine was sourced from Cabernet Sauvignon vines planted in three exceptional sites in the heart of Napa Valley. These vineyards are located in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA)—Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III on the eastern side and our estate vineyards on the west—where the valley’s sun exposure, climate and soils are particularly well suited to Cabernet Sauvignon.
After hand harvesting the fruit and then hand sorting it twice at the winery, we gently destemmed the grapes to retain at least 60 percent whole berries. Three days of cold soaking before fermentation gently extracted the opulent color and flavors from the skins. Two to three weeks of skin contact developed varietal expression and was followed by fermentation, pressing and then in-barrel malolactic fermentation to round the acidity. Aging in a high percentage of new oak barrels married the velvety Cabernet Sauvignon flavors with warm oak tones.