Early summer 2016 was temperate, with fewer days of triple-digit temperatures than Napa Valley has come to expect. August delivered heat per the usual, and the vintage continued to track in the 10-14 days early range. September dawned with a classic Indian Summer weather pattern - lovely warm days with dry breezes and cool nights - the epitome of perfection for grapes finishing their journey towards ripeness. Overall the vintage was characterized by excellent flavors and balance, in a crop that was smaller and earlier than usual.
Napa Valley AVA represents over 100 soil variations of volcanic and marine origin.
10 months in French Oak