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Dark purplish color leads to a blast of black cherry fruit laced with dried currants. Racy dark fruit explodes on the palette until giving way to savory notes of marinated black olive, leather, and a touch of vanilla. The proximity to Rutherford provides bold but polished tannic structure that should allow the wine to age beautifully for 15-20 years.
Baking spice, marmalade and rich cherry pie layer the mouthfeel. Ripe fig, tobacco leaf, and a slightly smoked meat quality in the finish. Round and supple with velvety tannins. Good structure should reward aging over the next decade.
Dusty link pink color with orange hues shows off this rosés Provençal inspiration. A blend of Grenache and Mourvèdre provide complex floral notes of rose petal and jasmine and lead to crisp rush of citrusy grapefruit and cucumber water. Beautiful and balanced structure and mouth feel is held together by a wet stone like minerality. Serve really cold (45 F) to highlight this rosés zingy and palate satisfying acidity. Unlike many rosés, this wine will continue to evolve over the next 5 years.
100% Sauvignon Blanc sourced from the McGah Vineyard on the southeastern border of the Rutherford appellation. Despite some ups and downs early in the growing season, a warm and not too hot late summer created nearly perfect harvest conditions in 2020. The wine was aged in 80 gallon stainless steel barrels to promote and develop aromatic purity.
Harvested from twenty-year old vines planted with the To Kalon clone, the block was farmed to yields (less than four tons per acre) typically not seen with Sauvignon Blanc. The result was more consistent ripeness throughout the block which added a unique richness and texture to balance the grapes natural acidity.
The first vintage of Downbeat Chardonnay is sourced high up in the Mayacamas Mountains overlooking Napa Valley on Bald Mountain Ranch . This special vineyard produces a Chardonnay that is light and refreshing with notes of baked brioche, hazelnut, apple, nutmeg and vanilla. Lemon leads on the palate with warm apple pie and cream. A clean mineral finish of chalk and limestone leave a light impression and you wanting for more. Pairs perfectly with a bright salad, chicken, fatty fish or any nutty cheese.
The 2013 PATEL Coombsville Cabernet Sauvignon is one of two new AVA designated PATEL Cabernets to be released in Fall 2016. Sourced from the Bennett Vineyard, this inky purple wine is brimming with fruit. Notes of plum and cherry are balanced with bright acidity and the beautiful tannins linger in a long, luscious finish.
The 2013 PATEL Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is one of two new AVA designated PATEL Cabernets to be released in Fall 2016. Expressive of the vintage and the vineyard, this wine is both powerful and elegant, with sweet tannins and hints of mocha.
An elegant wine with aromatics of sweet white flowers, this expression of Sauvignon Blanc is powerful, and anything but typical. Barrel fermentation and aging which lends a touch of sweetness, textured mouthfeel, and a dry finish while weaving an intricate and seductive blend of herbs, ripe white peach, and a touch of pineapple. Aging for 14 months in 100% French Oak makes this Sauvignon Blanc rich and pleasing to the palate, with a smooth creamy texture balanced with a hint of spice and refreshing acidity. ~ Winemaker Julien Fayard