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Study in Blue, Napa Valley Red Wine

Red Wine, Napa Valley 2016

The 2016 vintage was near-perfect in Napa Valley. The growing season had an early start and ideal weather throughout. Harvest was ideally paced, with vineyards ripening in a cycle that allowed successive picking at targeted ripeness. The resulting wines are showing great balance and intensity of flavor.

Well-established hillside vineyards are the foundation of this wine, giving the finished blend its intense inner core of fruit. The Truchard Vineyard was the primary source for grapes used in this blend, with vineyard sites extending into the lower hillsides of the Mayacamas mountain range.

The grapes were hand picked at optimum ripeness. Following destemming, the grapes were stainless steelfermented and received extended skin contact before being transferred to barrels. The wine was aged in small French oak barrels for 28 months (35% new barrels) where the wine completed malolactic fermentation. The wine was racked prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes
Layered aromas of black currants, cocoa, baking spices and cedar. Full-bodied red with plush tannins and ripe black berries that linger on the finish.

Technical Data:
• Varietal Composition: 67% Cabernet Sauvignon | 19% Merlot | 10% Syrah | 4% Petit Verdot
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 15%
• TA: 0.61 g/100ml
• pH: 3.79
• Oak Aging: 28 months
• Oak Cooperage: French oak, 35% new
• Production: 500 cases
• Bottling Date: July 15, 2019

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