Tasting Notes: Illustration is the most decadent of the Blackbird wines, scented with dark fruits, chocolate, flowers, and licorice. The palate is dense with abundant flavors of plum, blackberry, sarsaparilla, and eucalyptus. The rich texture envelops the lithe tannins for a luscious mouthfeel and rich finish. Drinking well upon release,Illustration will age beautifully with time in the cellar
Tasting Notes: A super complex nose leaps from the glass, showing dark and red fruits, cassis, graphite, and lead pencil layered seamlessly. A broad palate opens to reveal black fruits, hint of red currant, and fresh tobacco leaf, all leading to a mile long silky finish.
Tasting Notes: Born from a plethora of skin contact, this wine has an opaque black-purple hue in the glass. The aromatic profile swells out of the glass with notes of charred meat, plum reduction, baking spices, tack room, and lavender. The palate expression is layered with blackberry, dark chocolate, oolong tea, flint, graphite and violet. While the wine is intricately packed, it also moves across the palate with a viscous, sleek quality that nods to the fine, integrated tannin profile. This wine possesses a rare quality of having incredible density and power, while also maintaining an even-keeled transition from entry to the long, flowery finish.
Tasting Notes: Dark cherry, fresh blueberry and cassis notes pop out of the glass immediately, and are underlined by subtle hints of spice, vanilla bean and dark chocolate notes. The palate-entry bursts with ripe raspberry and blackberry elements. The fruit profile is supported by a well-rounded tannin structure that carries the fruit through to an extended finish. In classic Left Bank fashion, the Cabernet Franc blends into the wine to add brightness and a lush tannin profile.
Tasting Notes: Comprised of the best lots from our Estate vineyards in Calistoga, this Napa Valley blend is the Right Bank Bordeaux-style counterpart to Le Gauchister and is inspired by all great things oriented to the right. Bright, ripe cherry and flavors of fresh raspberry preserves are accentuated with hints of vanilla bean and confectioner's sugar. The fruit profile partnered with lush, well-integrated tannins carry you through for a lengthy finish.
Tasting Notes: The 2014 Coup de Foudre Cuvee offers aromatic notes of fresh blackberry and raspberry, flowed by roasted walnuts and vanilla bean. The body has a focused intensity with polished tannins and balanced structure. Produced from a Calistoga Estate Vineyard, this wine was barrel-aged for 18 months with 70% new oak.
Tasting Notes: The Les Bouquinistes offers a lively and high energy wine. On the nose sweet wildflowers, cherry, and currant dance with rich notes of earth. This wine is alluring and well rounded simply showing flavors of strawberry, tarte bing cherry, and violet.
Tasting Notes: The 2016 Gandona Estate is aromatic and expressive with ripe blueberries, blackberry compote, violets, and cocoa nib taking center stage, underlain by notes of sweet earth, crushed rocks, and cigar box. With a dense and concentrated structure, it makes an impressive entrance, driving straight to the top with a pulsating acidity that elevates the fruit and holds its position front and center. Polished tannins build and round with time. The 2016 Gandona exudes power and finesse while still being light on its feet. The lengthy, mineral finish is a grand finale that is deserving of a standing ovation.
Tasting Notes: The location of the 2017 Hourglass Estate Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards alone sets the stage for this beautifully crafted wine. On the nose you experience toasted espresso, cherry, fresh tobacco, and violets. The delicate fruit profile of pomegranate, blackcurrant, and red cherry follows savoury notes of black olive and saddle leather. The elevated acidity is complemented with silky tannins, showcasing a beautiful relationship of finesse and elegance.
Tasting Notes: This Rhône-style red’s bright and expressive nose brims with wild strawberry, raspberry coulis, blackberry compote, black tea and a hint of black pepper. Medium bodied with fine tannins and a plush mouthfeel, it offers layers of red and dark fruits, garrigue, coriander and Middle Eastern spices, leading into an exceptionally long finish.
Tasting Notes: Blueprint 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon heralds from another classic vintage, one with very low yields but very high quality. It has that signature Blueprint profile of blackfruits (blackberry, black cherry, boysenberry, and black currant) together with gorgeous spice and vanillin from the French oak barrels. Lush, delicious and rich, this Blueprint bottling will delight just about everyone.
Tasting Notes: Grown on the Mayacamas Faultline, this blend from Skipstone offers a powerful expression of its terroir. Aromatic in a glass, displaying notes of cranberry and blackberry, accompanied by a pure mineral note of graphite. With much texture on the palate, you experience baking spice, dried fig, cranberry, and rose buds.