2016 axr denali|3pack
2016 was a near-perfect growing season thanks to ideal weather conditions, giving Napa Valley another winner in a string of historic vintages. Spring bud-break came early due to dry and relatively warm soils from the winter drought. There was a slight carry-over effect of that advanced timing in producing a low flower count and lighter fruit set (fewer potential grapes and smaller clusters at maturity). However, the thinner grape population was actually beneficial as it focused the vine’s potential flavor energy on fewer bunches. Minimal heat spells and consistently cool nights across the summer months allowed the clusters to ripen slowly and evenly while protecting natural acidity.
On the rim: Deep dark slate with touches of scarlet on the rim
On the nose: Explosion of blueberry pie, lilac, elderberries, licorice, wild thyme, pencil shavings, wet clay and clove
On the palate: Bright fresh entrance evolving on an integrated tannic structure with touches of boysenberries and ripe raspberries lingering on freshly picked black currant and blueberry muffin