This Napa Valley proprietary red blend shows forward black currant, red plum and cranberry avors with ripe
and rich tannins that extend through a sustained nish. While very approachable now, this beautifully balanced
wine has the structure and concentration that will be rewarded with another ve to eight years of cellering.
2010 Vintage Recap from the Napa Valley Vintners
In some years winegrowers must feel like baseball players in the batting cage swinging at whatever Mother
Nature throws their way, and for vintage 2010 in California’s renowned Napa Valley this was the case. Rainfall
returned after three dry years, pushed bud break, owering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front
end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. e summer brought
cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew or
e ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. Winegrowers were faced with a
two-day heat spike into triple digits for the rst time in the season, coinciding with the rst day of harvest on
August 24. With canopies thinned to adjust for the cooler season, grapes at various sites experienced some
sunburn. e damage was variable site-to-site with many vineyards reporting no sunburned clusters at all.
e relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and
shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyardsconcentrated
avors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.