Unlike the majority of our wines that are single-vineyard, this wine is a blend of choice lots
from several of our prime estate vineyards and varies year to year. In 2007 we hand selected
barrels of Cabernet from our Cloud's Nest Vineyard on Mt. Veeder and our Haystack Vineyard
on Atlas Peak; Merlot from our Vista Montone Vineyard in Southern Napa; and Petit Verdot
and Cabernet Franc from our Central Park West Vineyard in St. Helena.
"This is my favorite wine to make because, like having all the crayons in the box, it lets me
paint the prettiest picture. Having an incredible arsenal of vineyards at my disposal enables
me to make a wine with layers and layers of aromas and flavors. Cabernet is the backbone,
Merlot contributes to the mid-palate and the aromatics, Petit Verdot adds color and floral aromatics,
and Cabernet Franc elongates the finish." —Mario Monticelli.
"Firm, ripe, intense and concentrated, full-bodied and structured, with a complex mix of dark berry fruit, red and black licorice, cedar and spice, ending with a pleasant loamy earthiness. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2017."
"Tough and gritty in tannins, with a mouthfeel like you’re chewing on sandpaper. Yet this Bordeaux blend is very rich in fruit, with a solid core of blackberries, black currants, anise and violets, sweetened with toast oak. Decant this classy Bordeaux Blend for a few hours before serving."