In the heart of Napa Valley, our Yountville Estate has an amazing lineage spanning over 140 years. Located on hillside benchland, the well-drained soils are relatively thin due to their position atop ancient alluvial fans. The Merlot budwood selections were originally taken from the famed Three Palms Vineyard, where Merlot first began in Napa Valley. Our favorite Merlot block sits on a knoll and produces intensely flavored berries of minuscule size. The volcanic ash soils at the ranch are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon and exhibit a chalky texture in the resulting wines. Our Cabernet Franc is a bit of our original “suitcase” clone as well as a La Jota Vineyard selection, which was the first California Cabernet Franc ever bottled. This blend comes together in much the same harmony in which it grows in the field.
Classic plum and cherry aromas show their floral side but are layered with of cinnamon, toffee and toasty barrel character.