Softened from extended barrel-age, the 2015 offering is on the dark, dense-end of the Merlot spectrum. Framed by baking spices, namely cardamom, nutmeg, and clove, the wine's cassis core is persistent from start to finish. A touch of Manderin orange rind on the back end provides an unexpected aromatic lift.
These vineyards yield rich fruit forward wines characteristic of the terroir. Pope Valley vineyards are located in the North-Eastern hills of the Vaca Mountains in a town called Pope Valley within the Napa Valley Appellation. The soil is a pleaston loam with areas of a Bressa-Dibble complex. Pope Valley is a warm growing climate with cool evenings and mornings which allow the grapes to hang on the vine long enough to ripen to their fullest potential and cool enough at nights to develop complex varietal aromas.
Berries were 100% destemmed to tank and fermented over the course of 18 days. Upon pressing, the wine was racked to 60 gal French oak barrels, of which 30% were new, where it rested for 35 months prior to bottling.