2015 Cultivar Field Blend Napa Valley
291 cases produced
2015 Vintage Notes This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season in the Napa Valley started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May-during the peak of bloom-caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop.
The harvest was one of the earliest on record in the Napa Valley, beginning on July 22 with the picking of grapes for sparkling wine, and concluding for most all vintners and growers in the valley by mid-October. While ongoing drought was of great concern to farmers around California, Napa Valley received 75% of normal rainfall for the water year, refreshing the vines and putting a smile on vintners’ faces.
2015 Napa Valley Field Blend In a homage to the first winemakers who planted the first vineyards post Gold Rush in Napa we produced our first field blend. These early farmers planted their vineyards not with one varietal but a mix of varietals. While the Merlot, Malbec and Petite Verdot are from an actual field blend in the vineyard, we have added a touch of old vine Petite Syrah as well.
The wine is a dark intense purple with just a touch blue hues, as you can imagine what follows on the nose is black berries, cassis, blueberries and a sweet touch of Vanilla and Oak. The wine is rich on the palate, almost lip smacking. Sweet black currant, blackberries, and cherry flavors with a silky dense long finish. Pairs well with chicken, burgers or ribs just off the grill or barbequed meats.
Production: 291 cases
Varietals: Petit Syrah, Syrah, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Merlot
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: French and American Barrels, 25% new oak