The crosshairs icon featured on the front of Deadeye draws from the Provenance Logo, where the crosshairs symbol sits over the “O”. It signifies our dedication to precision winemaking, crafting wines that are focused, expressing their premium vineyard origins rather than the winemakers’ intervention.
Aromas of black cherry, blackberry and roasted espresso invite the senses, complemented by subtle notes of herbs and spice. Expressive and opulent the palate showcases structured tannins, rounded out by flavors of plum, raspberry and vanilla. Fleshy and chewy, this wine is delicious now but will continue to mature for at least 10 – 15 years.
While Napa Valley received about two-thirds of normal rainfall, the effect of the three previous years of drought resulted in smaller clusters and grapes, thus giving the wine great concentration. Waves of warmer and cooler temperatures typified the vintage, however overall temperate weather made for an easy growing season. Ideal temperatures during flowering in May provided for better fruit-set than in 2015, although yields were still slightly below average. Quality was exceptional.
We quickly brought the hand-harvested grapes to our winery and destemmed the clusters, retaining 60 percent as whole berries to maximize fruitiness in the wine. For gentle extraction of varietal character and color, we cold soaked the must for 5-6 days before the two-week primary fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was conducted in barrels, with frequent stirring to develop rich texture. After completion of this second fermentation, we racked the wine off the lees and then continued barrel aging for 21 months.