2016 axr v madrone|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: Obsidian black with blush and garnet on the rim
On the nose: Beautiful flowery nose with lilac, violet and wisteria with touches of meringue, bubble gum, cherry chocolate, griotte cherries, lavender, strawberry gum, paprika and licorice root
On the palate: Velvety entrance evolving on a dense, concentrated mid-palate with touches of dark cherry preserves, with grenadine syrup, raspberry pie, starfruit and hibiscus tea