Smoky notes rise from the glass opening to dark cherry, strawberry
and cocoa powder with a hint of subtle baking spice. There is a luscious blast of black
cherry on the palate, with oak notes and pleasing mouthfeel. Herb and oak
show midway through the palate and carry through to the smooth finish.
This Cabernet comes from a hilltop at Mahoney ranch, located on the Napa Valley side of Carneros. The wine exhibits a lovely balance between tannins and acidity with dark fruit, spice, and subtle French oak.
This wine is gorgeous, leaning toward an elegant, red-fruited style rather than the typical
Californian profile of dark ripe berries. The oak is likewise subtle in character, with a
lighter toast profile that accentuates rather than masks the fruit, while adding length
and texture to the palate. Packaged in heavy glass and sealed with antique-gold wax.
Delicate flavors are preserved through whole-cluster pressing. Prolonged yeast contact adds both texture and subtle toast aromas. Stone fruit and citrus aromas are accented with a hint of sur-lie character. This Chardonnay has a lovely refreshing acidity, with a long pleasing finish and will pair well with seafood, quiche and chicken.