Wine Club Only
Every piece of our vineyard is special and important to us; the family has spent over three generations getting to know the many differing parts that go to make up the whole, that is our Ranch. Block 3 nestles at the base of the eastern Vacca Range and it’s gravely soil column promotes excellent drainage which in turn places the vines under more stress, reducing berry and cluster sizes but intensifying flavors. The cooler vintage of 2010 only adds another layer of complexity, with slightly lower sugars but higher, brighter acids. And don’t forget about Block 3 being planted to Clone 6, the almost mythical ‘breed’ of Cabernet Sauvignon. Let your nose rest on the glass rim and a heady wave of ripe, black fruit notes, underscored by a smoky, toasty layer sets the scene. Go back for a second indulgence and you’ll be surprised by a third wave of aromas with earth and a meaty gameness wanting to be noticed. The palate is rich, ripe and chewy but without flabbiness, the toasty nose resolving into sweet oak and firm tannins working the tongue. Black fruit of cherries and berries push to a lingering finish of currant. This third vintage of Block 3 continues a young but exciting tradition of letting the vineyard speak through your glass. Pull the cork now and enjoy or slip it into a corner of your cellar to be rediscovered over the next 12 years.
100% Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Stags Leap District, Napa Valley
20 months American