2018 Bread & Butter Napa Valley Red Blend
18 months on 40% new French Oak
Deep garnet in color, this wine is a full-bodied, fruit-driven wine with rich and juicy flavors of blackberry, black plum, cassis along with satisfying notes of brown spice, tabacco leaf and white pepper. Well-balanced and integrated tannins lead to a finish that is long and warm.
The Cabernet in this Red Blend is sourced from exceptional vineyards from microclimates all over the Napa Valley. Vineyards located on the mountains bring bright acidity, rich tannins and powerful berry, cherry and herbaceous notes. The vineyards on the more fertile valley floor provide ripe, juicy fruit notes and fleshy tannins. The Petite Sirah brings a rich color along with structured yet velvety, smooth tannins.
The beautiful conditions kicked off with a sunny spring that led to the vines flowering uniformly and ensuring even cluster development. Summer temperatures were steady, and the Valley befitted from a long, slow Harvest without heat spikes or rain. The grapes for this wine experienced extended hang time with warm days and cool nights, allowing the grapes to reach their full ripeness and expression. The complex, layered and high-quality wines of this vintage, especially the powerful reds which will continue to age gracefully, will be remembered and celebrated in years to come.
Aging Potential 7-10 years