Half of the fruit for this wine is from Stagecoach Vineyard on Atlas Peak. Floral, red fruit (Cranberry, Pomegranate) and spice characters were prevalent in 2010 and the fruit from this vineyard displayed its usual firm structure. Carpenter Vineyard, located just north of St. Helena, contributes the balance of the fruit for this wine. The vineyard's fertile, dense soil is responsible for the chocolate, cherry and mint characters. It also softens and rounds out the texture of the final blend. The aroma brings to mind black forest cake with cherries, chocolate, cream, and a garnish of mint.
These notes carry over onto the palate and meld with flavors of fresh blueberry, sweet oak and a touch of wild sage. The texture is creamy, yet structured enough to pair well at the dinner table.