Hand harvested on a late September dawn, the deep-rooted Calistoga vines yielded a beautiful 2015 crop expressive of its volcanic and alluvial soils at the foot of Napa Valley’s Palisades: limited vigor due to a dry year, but with healthy clusters and juicy berries. After easy sorting and quick de-stemming, gently crushed grapes began a 3-day cold soak for optimal color extraction and tannin stabilization. The onset of fermentation came with steadily rising temperatures, leveling out in the high 80° F and finishing strong with a full month on the skins. Barreled down to 100% new French Oak, allowing for a slow native malolactic fermentation over its first 8 months sur lie. With a total 30 months in barrel, this wine will continue to age to perfection over as many years in bottle.
94 pts - Wine Enthusiast
93 pts - Jeb Dunnick