The Cabernet Franc comes from our Home Ranch Vineyard and the Knollwood Vineyard – Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District and are Clones 312 and 332. The Cabernet Franc from these plantings brings spicy aromas and a velvety texture to the wine.
The Merlot comes from the Knollwood Vineyard – Napa Valley, Oak Knoll District and is Clone 181. The Merlot offers deep red and black berry flavors and aromatics. The bright fruit is accompanied by a suppleness that shows in the mouth-feel of the final wine.
The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Tietjen Vineyard on Niebaum Lane – Napa Valley, Rutherford. It is the Cope Clone. The Cabernet Sauvignon from this vineyard shows a great core of berry fruit with tremendous brightness. It also adds an elegance and suppleness to the texture of the wine.
Vintage 2003 is one that will be remembered for producing a wine with high quality and an intensity of flavors as a result of some early rains and late heat spikes that contributed to lower overall yields.