Napa Valley 2015
2015 was one of the earliest harvests on record in Napa Valley; a dry, warm winter with only 75% of normal precipitation resulted in small grape clusters with highly concentrated flavors. Bud break was early, and there was an uneven fruit set due to a long flowering period; this led to a lighter crop. A surge in hot temperatures in the final weeks of harvest brought the last of the crop in quickly. Overall, the 2015 vintage was early and light, with wines showing richness and deep flavor.
Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The complexity and balance of this vintage was achieved through diverse sourcing, from Rutherford, Carneros, and Oakville.
Following destemming, the hand-picked grapes were stainless steel-fermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 24 months (30% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.
Black cherry and cassis, sweet pastry, anise, violet, and notes of crushed rock on the nose. Mouth-coating, fine dusty tannins with flavors of blackberries and mineral notes on the finish.
Press & Acclaim
90 points - 2014 Vintage
"A red with lots of dried fruit, spice and walnut character. Full and chewy. Long and flavorful."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, December 2017 Download PDF
92 points - 2013 Vintage
"Subtle aromas of blueberry, blackberry and bramble berry follo through to a full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Chewy and lively on the finish. Shows the tensions of the great 2013 vintage in Napa Valley. Why wait?"
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, January 2016 Download PDF
92 points - 2012 Vintage
"Subtle blackberry, black currant and hints of wood. Full to medium body, firm tannins and a fresh finish. Drink or hold.”"
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015 Download PDF
91 points - 2011 Vintage
"Subtle and fruity with refined tannins and a delicate finish. This is medium-bodied, with polished, silky tannins and a fresh finish. Always among the best value in outstanding, drinkable Napa Valley Cabernet. Drink now."
- James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2014 Download PDF
92 points - 2010 Vintage
"I almost mistook this for an outstanding 2010 Bordeaux, but it's Waterstone, which always offers excellent value for Napa Cab. A juicy and fruity red with plenty of blueberry and vanilla character. Yet it's subtle and reserved. It's full body with a velvety texture and a long, harmonious and succulent finish. Delicious and lively. Drink or hold."
- James Suckling, Tasting Report, February 2014 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 14.6%
• TA: 0.60g/100ml
• pH: 3.65
• Oak Aging: 24 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 30% new
• Production: 1721 cases
• Bottling Date: February 22, 2018