Exceptional Cabernet Franc grapes from Tamagni Vineyard, which is located along the Silverado Trail just south of Calistoga, were the catalyst for our decision to make this special bottling. Cabernet Franc is often used to enhance the framework of Bordeaux-style wines, but this warm vineyard site, with its well-draining, low-vigor, rock-and-clay soils, yields a wine with all the elements to shine as the primary grape variety. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon, from Wildwood Vineyard in Rutherford, completes this wine’s myriad of flavors.
Excellent conditions throughout the growing season led to a slightly early harvest for vintage 2015. With very good quality across the board for whites and reds, the Bordeaux varietals especially look strong for this vintage. A cooler than normal late spring during flowering kept yields down as did the effects from California’s continued drought. Despite this and a warm weather snap in early summer, the overall season was smooth and uneventful. Harvest started early and the grapes developed beautiful flavor and concentrated color, resulting in and overall outstanding vintage.