2016 Left Bank Red
Our Left Bank Red is about 50% each, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, blended together and aged for one year in French oak barrels. The flavors are restrained – a sensational taste experience that is neither overwhelming, nor lavish. There is balance, minerality, and elegance. We prefer this traditional style of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon blends. They express nuance over opulence and age beautifully for years.
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are vigorous grape varieties, even when grafted onto sluggish rootstock and farmed for low yields. The deep gravel deposits found on our Conn Valley Ranch property seem to restrict that natural vigor and allow these grapes to ripen more slowly benefiting from the full growing season and thereby achieving this sense of balance. These gravel deposits are an important backdrop to the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes we grow on the left side of Conn Creek as it enters our property on its run from the top of Howell Mountain, near Angwin, down to the Napa River.