2016 Cuvée no. 2 Vineyard Select | Napa Valley
Cuvée no. 2 is our first “Right Bank” red wine blend. With a Merlot base, we chose Broken Rock Vineyard because of its structure, depth, and fruit explosion. We blended 88 percent Broken Rock Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vineyard, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Petite Sirah. This is not one of those soft Merlots that was ridiculed in Sideways. This is a big, serious wine with structure, weight, and finish. It is a wine of depth and presence that retains the best of Merlot. It exhibits red cherry, a little spiced dark cherry, cedar, graphite, cocoa, a slight herbaceousness, and a touch of barrel spice. Opulent with soft tannins, lively acidity, and integrated oak, the wine has a complete presence across the entire palate and a lasting finish. While this wine has immediate appeal, it will continue to develop and gain complexity over the next 7-to-12 years.