This beautifully structured expression from our warmest estate vineyard has floral notes of lavender balanced against red berry fruit, black pepper jerky and sandalwood. The big, bold tannin grabs in the mid-palate but surrenders to the macerated dark berry fruit, spicy oak and a long, juicy finish.
Our Stella Knight estate vineyard was purchased in 2013. This unique little 10-acre gem is nestled into the shadow of Diamond Mountain and is comprised of three distinct blocks. The diversity of the three blocks allows us to create two separate wines from this single vineyard. The majority of the fruit is the backbone of our Fraternity Red Wine Blend while a separate barrel selection becomes part of our 100% Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio showcasing diverse Napa Valley sub-appellations.
Roses can be produced in a variety of ways with the most com mon method being early pressing of red grape varieties after a very short period, usually 12-24 hours, of skin-contact (maceration). During maceration, phenolics such as the anthocyanins and tannins that contribute to color as well as many flavor components are leached from the skins, seeds and any stems left in contact with must. In addition to adding color and flavor, these phenolics also serve as antioxidants, protecting the wine from degradation of oxygen exposure. The very limited maceration of rosés means that these wines will have less stable color, potential flavor components, and oxygen protection. Our method is skin contact early fruit drop and higher acid, lower sugar (lower alcohol) blend of Syrah and Merlot. This wine is like Provence style.