Deep scarlet with a slightly purplish-black core. Blackberry, dark chocolate, black licorice, ripe cherry, hints of black pepper and cured meat. Hint of sweet tobacco, maple, cherry pie filling, black licorice and an enlivened, bright acidity on the entry that is quickly followed by rich, dark fruits, dried cranberry and sweet oak. Lingering finish. Rich and bold, balanced by acidity and integrated tannin.
After a dry winter, the northern part of the Napa Valley experienced substantial rainfall in March, followed by a warm, yet not overly hot, summer. In general, 2012 offered a mildly warm growing season with the only heat spike being a two-day occurrence close to harvest. This gentle vintage gave the fruit long hang-time for ideal acid and sugar balance along with complexity of flavors.