The 2019 growing season began with much needed rains. With a reserve of water in the ground, the vines grew quickly. Our vineyard team struggled to keep up with the ground vegetation and canopy management. Removing lateral shoots and excess fruit was especially important in 2019 to maintain balance. The growing season was even, with no heat spikes in the autumn. We were at leisure to pick at optimal ripeness. The wines are generous and plush with exceptional aromatic complexity.
Harvest was late and drawn out, for the red varieties extending from the 20th of September for our Merlot to the 14th of October for our Petit Verdot. The berries and clusters were large, juicy, and perfectly healthy and ripe.
The devastation of the 2018 wildfires aside, 2018 is a complete knockout. These are some of the brightest, most aromatically intense wines Napa has seen in almost a decade, with a finesse and a silkiness of tannins unmatched in recent memory.
The 2019 vintage gave us a gentle Ranch Cabernet, with a bouquet offering sweet tobacco, black cherries and muscovado sugar. The palate is broad and generous with layers of dark fruit and soft tannins. This is a quintessential Napa Cabernet ready to be enjoyed immediately and often.