This is our first bottling of this variety from my father’s Vineyard in Alexander Valley. Quite frankly, I was skeptical that it would become amazing wine. How wrong I was. Dad was right — again. It was his idea to plant this variety.
I drove everybody crazy during the development of this wine, because I didn’t know what or when or how I was going to deal with it, therefore no commitments were made. The idea was to let the wine dictate all of that. So, here it is: exotic but still 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. It has high-toned aromas like what Viognier gives Syrah sometimes. There is a very little bit of dried herbs (like thyme) on the nose, lots of ripe Cabernet fruit, and a little pretty oak in just the right places, etc. The texture is supple on the ‘outside,’ with a sufficient and appropriate structure for many years of bottle development. It is kind of like a gentle giant.