A classic Old World style Napa Valley Cabernet in the style when Cabernets were all about terroir and a great food wine. Its moderate alcohol level allows the wine to show off its flavors, structure and acidity. It is a wine with a linear structure that clearly defines its presence.
The 2009 vintage had smaller yields, but very concentrated fruit that delivered a fruit forward style wine with rich fruitiness and plenty of tannins for aging.. It had a dramatic growing season, with damaging vineyard buds and heat spikes during bloom in May and in August. It delivered a very small crop due to these extremes but had exceptional quality.
Current and fresh herb aromas lead to a firm mouth feel with integrated, refined tannins. Blueberry, lavender and earth flavors, which linger on the finish.
The vineyards are located in the Oak Knoll District Appellation, Napa Valley, which has the warmth of the valley yet also enjoys the cool breezes of the San Francisco Bay, providing beautiful acidity- the ingredients of a great food wine. The Petit Verdot is grown on our O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard next to our lavender field-, which imparts an exotic note to the aromas.
Roasted lamb with lavender sea salt, olive oil roasted brussel sprouts, pasta with wild mushroom cream sauce. Or just sip!
60% in new French Oak Barrels and 40% in once used French Oak Barrels. Medium toast.
Drinkable Now. Age worthy for 7+ years from vintage date.