2017 Left Bank Red
Our Left Bank Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from vines on the "left side" of Conn Creek which runs through our property from the top of Howell Mountain and down to the Napa River. The grapes are aged for one year in French oak barrels - the flavors yield 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 found in our Left Bank Red blend.