Comprised entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon, this differs from many Napa Cabernet in that there is a quiet rusticity to this wine. Rather than bright up front fruit, the fruit here is rather muted, offering blackberry, light blueberry, Rainer cherry, cocoa powder and white pepper. The tannic structure is fairly tight with a dusty, earthy quality. The light oak aging in all French oak provides the vanilla and campfire notes while giving the tannins room to exercise their importance in balancing the wine. The earthiness to this wine, and the willingness to hold the fruit at bay are the most compelling features, giving this an old-school Napa Cabernet vibe. ORIGIN: Calistoga, Napa Valley. ALCOHOL: 14.8%

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