The purple-ruby color is the perfect introduction to this deep, complex wine. The aromas contain ripe blackberry, cool menthol and earthy lycan, the palate is plush and supple reminiscent of juicy black plums, english thyme and cocoa powder, the finish is long and persistent with fine tannins and firm structure. It will knock your socks off now and only improve over the next 15 years.
Pope Valley Winery is located in the northeastern hills just beyond Howell Mountain in Napa Valley. Our two estate vineyards with a combined 80 planted acres, at the winery and our Eakle Ranch vineyard, yield rich distinctive wines characteristic of the terroir. Our wines showcase the mineral complexity of the soils - Pleasanton loam and 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 yet cool enough at night to develop complex varietal aromas.
This is a blend of wines made from Eakle Ranch and the Estate fruit. They were hand harvested and sorted, destemmed to tank and held for 5 to 7 day cold-soak. The various lots went through warm to hot fermentations, depending on fruit characteristics and were pressed before dryness to retain the silky, supple texture. Blends were put together early and the wine was aged for 22 months.
Blend: 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec, 15% Merlot