This finicky, intriguing grape is generating a popular buzz these days. And we believe it grows best in the coolest vineyards in Napa, which is why we source from the Truchards, who also happen to be among the nicest vineyard owners in Napa. Our Cab Franc is lighter than Cabernet and more approachable when it’s young, and it has a wild nose of cedar, lavender, rose petals, herbs and more. Its soft mouthfeel carries more wild flavors darting through, including cherries, spices, and roasted coffee notes, and they’re all held together by a solid, but understated structure.
I am attracted to wines that are elusive, the ones that keep drawing you back to discover something new. You could say that is my inspiration for our Napa Valley Red, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Powerful Cabernet Sauvignon is a relatively easy wine to make in Napa Valley, but in our quest for nuance and complexity, we present our Napa Valley Red. This is the wine where the winemaker’s intuition and 35+ years of blending experience come into full play. Our 2014 conjures up visions of the wonderful 2012 vintage which coincidentally and unintentionally has similar blend components.
When Mourvèdre hits the target, it is absolutely captivating. With aromas and flavors unlike any other variety, it charms and seduces you. The grape grows extensively in France and Spain, but much less so in the US. Mourvèdre is definitely at home, at 3000 feet at Fore Family Vineyard on Cobb Mountain. Its floral, elusive, and perfumed aromas of pink peppercorn, wild raspberry, anise, and cardamom are distinctive and intense. Similar flavors explode on the palate, held in check by a lively structure that brings you to a finish that goes on and on. This unique wine always generates excitement!