Clone 6 from a great terroir of Howell Mountain. The 2016 Howell Mountain Select leads with elegant and expressive floral and dark fruit-driven aromatics. Subtle hints of sweet cedar box and currant give way to a rich and concentrated palate of dark fruit preserves, perfectly supported by ripe, firm tannin and perfect acidity to highlight and lift the almost micro-complexity in flavor profile. More cassis and sweet herb linger along the finish, which lasts an impressive length of time. Decant if drinking upon release or hold in the cellar for 3-5 years.
A rare combination of power and precision from one of the greatest Chardonnay terroirs in California. A full expression of ripe stone and citrus fruits burst forth on the nose, pear, sliced pineapple and kaffir lime aromas are reflected on the textured and creamy palate, while the mid-palate lifts with bright crushed river stone and citrus peel minerality, pulling the flavors along a finish that seems to linger over a minute after tasting. A true gem what will age right alongside top-level Cabernets and gain complexity and finesse.
This historic heritage site never disappoints. Signature black cherry components are all over the nose and palate with even more dark fruit components and blackberry preserve notes than previous vintages. Fruit-driven with a touch of Rutherford dust on the palate, a curious note of sabarilla and sweet spice make the full-bodied G3 Cabernet memorable and intriguing. Soft, round tannins give a hedonistic edge to this wine. With a great length of finish this wine is showing its best in the 2016 vintage.
Winemaker: Jeff Ames
Vineyard: Beckstoffer Vineyard Georges III, Napa Valley
Thick, dense and expansive, the 2016 Missouri Hopper shows dark fig and cassis preserves, dried cherry and strawberry. Clone 337 from this historic site in southeast Oakville, a touch of molasses and stick spices linger throughout. Despite its saturation and size on the palate, the flavors roll perfectly together through a long and inky finish. This wine has the ability to taste great upon release and cellar well beyond while building complexity and nuance.
Pure, powerful and polished, the 2015 Wall Road shows immense aromas of black currant, blueberry, blackberry preserves and hints of sweet dark herbs. The palate is fully developed and well structured with firm but ripe tannin and layers of dried red fruits and currants. There is a forest and sweet herb quality that hints at the signature terroir of this Mountain gem. The finish is long and lingering and lifts the layers of fruit on the palate perfectly.