2016 axr sleeping lady|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: Dark black raven with touches of fuschia on the rim
On the palate: Deep and complex nose with sweet macerated dark cherries, tobacco, cedar, maple syrup donuts, black pepper, strawberry candy, cotton candy, milk chocolate, rose and mocha
On the nose: Round velvety entrance evolving on a fresh mid-palate with dense granular tannins, fresh peaches, plum, cassis reduction, kumquat and chocolate chip cookies