Classic Cabernet aromas and a deep, richly red color lead to flavors of dark cherry and red fruits with herbal accents reminiscent of a classic old-world style of Cabernet. Fine grained silky tannins frame a medium-full and pleasing mouthfeel with a lingering aftertaste with hints of mocha. This is a Cabernet built for immediate enjoyment.
Fruit was hand-harvested and hand-sorted upon arrival at the winery, with fermentation
in small stainless vessels with regular pump-overs of extract deep color and fully ripe
flavors. The fruit was gently pressed, racked and aged for 30 months in once-used
French oak. Bottled in magnums and allowed to rest to gain further complexity prior
This special bottling is sourced from the Armstrong Ranch in the Diamond Mountain
District, one of the warmer growing regions in Napa Valley. The relatively small
vineyard features 13 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon first planted in 1984. Armstrong
sits in a saddle on a steep hillside with decomposed volcanic ash and tufa soils. The
Diamond Mountain growing region, established as an AVA in 2001, sits in the Mayacamas
range that separates Napa from Sonoma, south of Calistoga and west of Napa
Valley. Vineyards were first planted here in the 1860’s.
After several years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage brought low yields, but
outstanding quality in the fruit that was available. A mild spring with a rain-free
summer allowed fruit to ripen at a steady and deliberate pace. Harvest began a few
days earlier than 2014. Drier than normal and absent hoped for conditions, combined
with abundant sunshine and high degree days contributed to smaller berry sizes and
lower yields, resulting in fruit with excellent concentration, color and complex flavors.