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AXR Napa Valley

2016 axr beckstoffer to kalon|3pack Image

2016 axr beckstoffer to kalon|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: Shiny onyx black with touches of fuschia on the rim

On the nose: Beautiful fresh nose with touches of flowers with morning dew such as geranium, roses and daisies, wild strawberries, slate, apricot tapenade, cherry pie and Speculoos cookies

On the palate: Beautiful fresh entrance evolving on dense, integrated granular tannins with hints of blueberry muffins and yellow raspberries lingering on lemon flower and red currant 


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