Potent aromas of sweet dark fruit, cocoa, caramel and intriguing notes of violets introduce the wine. On the palate, the wine is structured and complex, the mid-palate laden with intense fruit \u2013 blackberry, cherry and cassis \u2013 and further enhanced by notes of chocolate and baking spices. The finish is long and lingering, with a re-statement of concentrated fruit and spice. In its youth, decant 1 to 2 hours before service. Drink 2012 to 2025.
--Winemaker, Jac Cole
Richness, concentration and balance are the hallmarks of wines fom the Spring Mountain Vineyard in 2009. The 2009 vintage completes a three-year drought cycle in Napa Valley. The effect on the 2009 wines is expressed as concentrated dark fruit. Yields in 2009 were less than one ton of fruit per acre. (Normal yield is two tons per acre.) The 2009 vintage is one of our recent favorites because growing conditions allowed the long hang time that ensures perfectly ripened fruit \u2013 a winemaker's dream. The wines have rich, concentrated flavors and smooth, supple tannins. At this young stage of development, the 2009s are sumptuous and approachable, yet promise decades of enjoyment.