Check out our newly released 2018 Spring Rock Chardonnay. Free Shipping on 6 Bottles.
A dark, scarlet red color, with powerful aromas of sweet ripe cabernet grapes. Initial impressions are fantastically appealing, brooding to expansive textural sensations of finely grained cacao tannins. The whole of the wine is balanced, rich, expressive and impressively complex. The backbone of fine tannin and sweet ripeness is a carry-over from perfectly mature fruit.
Climate is of huge importance when making quality wine. Secondly, soils. Most soil types in Napa Valley that I have worked with make good wine, however we search out well drained low vigor soils as a rule, where the vines struggle to produce a concentrated crop. We have found there is quite a difference in the grapes from mountaintop and low elevation hillsides, compared to what we grow on the Napa Valley floor. They are all good, and all different. The mountain yields harder tannins and higher acid making it difficult to make supple wine –and yet it is a spectacular blend component, adding rich texture. We concentrate our efforts on the better soils and aspects of blending together wines produced from eight of the sixteen sub-appellations. We are not a single vineyard production winery, instead preferring a focus on producing a wine that represents complexity through judicious blending.
When should you drink this wine? I stand by my belief that a good old wine was likely a good young wine. Our focus continues to be on making Cabernets that are scrumptious in their youth but can age with the best of them. This wine can be enjoyed upon release while it is chock full of youthful exuberance, or it can be cellared for a decade or more when the wine’s color lessens and it’s once fruit laden force matures to a cedary bottle bouquet and more refined characters.
There is a reason this is the ultimate winter dish! Chunks of hearty beef and vegetables are braised in red wine in the slow cooker for the ultimate easy dinner. Remember the rule – only cook with wine you are willing to drink!View Recipe