This wine begs to be decanted. Deep ruby color lead to spicy aromas or white pepper, paraffin, and smoked meats. A blast of lush and ripe dark cherry fruit give way to rich flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla scented oak. Supple tannins provide shelter for its long and distinctive finish
This flashy and gorgeous wine is characterized by sharp spiciness, plush fruit, and soul-satisfying earthiness. A tougher growing season that produced long warm to hot days and cool evenings brought this Syrah harvest to a close in early October.
We continued our long standing relationship with the acclaimed Unti Vineyard in Sonoma County. Unti Vineyards is located in the heart of the Dry Creek Valley right outside the town of Healdsburg. The Unti’s are well-known for their uncompromised farming practices especially on Rhone varietals. Since the beginning of our program, we have worked very closely with the Unti’s to dial in the optimal farming practices for our vineyard blocks. In 2006, we harvested from the same vineyard block strategy as in previous years bringing in fruit for two distinct blocks near the front of the vineyard away from Dry Creek which runs a long the vineyard’s backside. These two blocks are comprised of shorter rows and hence, more even ripeness throughout.
A brand new release and a stunning follow up to the 2007 vintage. Dark and elegant, this wine is a perfect expression of the newly minted AVA of Coombsville just east of the town of Napa. Approachable young, but definitely age worthy - Cabernet Sauvignon at its finest.
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon features two small vineyard sources, Carpingano and Frog Tree, in the newly minted AVA of Coombsville just east of the town of Napa. Coombsville is known for a long and gentle growing season given its location in the Southern part of the Napa Valley. While the wines have wonderful cellaring potential with great depth and elegant structure, the plush and ripe fruit of Coombsville yields wines that are very approachable and decadent young.
Carpingano and Frog Tree are both tiny 10 acre vineyards. Frog Tree is a younger planting and provides great power and structure as well as a touch of menthol thanks to a small grove of Eucalyptus trees on the backside of the vineyard. Carpingano adds plush and ripe fruit flavors that come from unusually long hang times prior to harvest.
While everyone is still talking about the 2007 vintage, we think the 2008 will prove to be a better wine. Lower yields and a long, cool growing season provided our winemaker, Rolando Herrera, all of tools he needed with this vintage. The wine was fermented using native yeasts and was aged for 22+ months in a combination of mostly new and one year old French and American oak barrels. Our goal is to produce wines with layers or aromas and flavors and feel that this unique cooperage strategy allows us to deliver distinctive wines that are true to their varietal heritage.
Tasting Notes “Dark purple color and earthy aromas of eucalyptus, dried tobacco, and cocoa lead to a blast of ripe red fruit laced with leather and espresso. Extremely approachable young, this wine displays unique balance backed by sweet and supple tannins and should age for at least a decade or more.” Winemaker – Rolando Herrera
We just sold the last few bottles of this vintage. Please try the newly released 2008 vintage - same vineyards and winemaking from an equally stunning vintage. If interested in large format bottles please click here to send us an email.
The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon features two very small vineyard sources, Carpingano and Frog Tree, in the Coombsville region just east of the town of Napa. As with our previous Cabernet vintages, we stay committed to the long and gentle growing season provided by Coombsville and the Southern part of the Napa Valley. While the wines have wonderful cellaring potential with great depth and elegant structure, the plush and ripe fruit yields a Cabernet that is very approachable young. With Coombsville fruit, you get the best of both worlds.
The Carpingano vineyard is a tiny 10 acre plot just east of downtown Napa. We began with Capingano in 2003 harvesting the 10 best rows in the vineyard. The Frog Tree Vineyard is a relatively young planting, however we have worked with Frog Tree fruit since 2001 and are very pleased with the power and structure of the fruit for a relatively young vineyard. Small size and unlimited access allows Rolando and his team to closely manage both of these vineyards and their subsequent yields for optimal ripeness and quality.
Our style is to produce wines with layers of aroma and flavor. To this end, we employ a combination of French and American oak, the majority of it new oak, in our cooperage strategy. This combination provides a solid tannic structure and backbone for aging, but also different layers of aromas and flavors.
Wonderfully extracted with deep ruby color with classic aromas of dried cherries, leather and smoke. An intense burst of cherry cola fruit flavors lead to more subtle notes of anise, tobacco, and sweet vanilla. Beautifully balanced and framed by silky tannins, this wine will age well over the next 5-8 years.
Griffin’s Lair vineyard lies at the southern edge of the Sonoma Coast appellation just west of Sears Point and has gained a good amount of notoriety through its Syrah and Pinot Noir programs with limited production wineries. Griffin’s Lair has a distinct marine influence due to its proximity to San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean which makes it perfect for growing Pinot Noir.
Growing conditions in 2008 were excellent for Pinot Noir. The relatively early harvest brought on by a very dry spring and warm summer saved most Pinot Noir from some of the weather difficulties experienced later in the season. The yields from our specific vineyard blocks were very low lending concentration and depth to this vintage. Pommard and 667 clones continue to be the foundation of this wine and add distinctly different characteristics. The Pommard clone provides the elegant structure and strong backbone which is the foundation of our winemaking style, while the 667 clone brings brighter fruit flavors and a silky richness that is enigmatic of all great Pinot Noirs.
Our small production allowed our winemaker, Rolando Herrera, to craft this wine from harvest to bottle. Extended maceration on the skins provides a powerful extraction and deep color. We used 100% new French oak in aging this wine to enhance its structure and bring forth additional toasty aromas and flavors.