Score: 93 Release Price: $112 Country: California Region: Napa Issue: Oct 31, 2014 Top 100: 2014, Rank: 58 A rich version, dense and plush on the palate, offering distinctive black licorice and wild berry aromas. Well-built and deftly balanced, this gains depth, holding a tight focus on the long, vibrant finish. The tannins are ripe and firm, giving the flavors traction. Drink now through 2023. 1,250 cases made. JL Vintage Notes The 2010 harvest was an exciting one that kept us on our toes by throwing a few curve balls to the valley. After three years on the dry side, we were relieved to have the much needed rainfall, even though it delayed bud break by a few weeks. The cloud cover that stuck around for the beginning of the growing season insulated the valley, eliminating any frost damage, which was an added bonus. Over the summer, temperatures were cooler than normal, dragging out the growing season and causing us all to be extra aware of canopy management so we didnt get surprised with mildew problems. However, thinned out canopies meant little sun protection when temperatures spiked to the triple digits in late August. We ended up dropping some fruit and spending extra time hand-sorting when we got it back to the winery. The extra effort was well worth it as the grapes that remained brought concentrated flavors with a lot of complexity that made one of our best wines to date.
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