Sourced from select vineyard blocks in the Coombsville district of Napa Valley, the fruit for this wine enjoyed a long, slow ripening season. Warm and sunny conditions in this region allow Malbec, a thick-skinned grape, to develop its signature depth of character, supple richness and complexity.
The 2014 growing season was another remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to one of the earliest harvests on record in the region. Although much of the fruit had already been picked by late August, a significant earthquake struck Napa on August 24, leaving growers and vintners with some unexpected twists during harvest season.
Following harvest, the fruit was sorted, de-stemmed and gently crushed. Extensive seed removal and délestage—the process of removing the grape seeds and allowing the juice to remain in contact with the skins—were employed during a 13-day maceration period, allowing the full aromatic character of the wine to emerge. The wine was then aged for 21 months in French oak barrels.