The 2015 growing year was characterized by light crops after three years of drought. Napa Valley experienced much rain in December, which led to a warm January and February, with no rain. Bud break was early, with rollercoaster temperatures, including frost! The drastic weather lasted until June, then tropical depressions and high temps and humidity made July and the first part of August challenging for growers. A cooler September and October made us vineyard managers happy for smaller crops that ripened early. The Mill Race Vineyard in Yountville was harvested on September 17th after half an inch of rain. The Stagecoach Vineyard in Atlas Peak was harvest on October 24, with no rain at that time. A big briary nose, with black licorice and black coffee, incredibly promising. The palate is full and zingy with classic Cabernet Sauvignon flavors of black cherry and wild Thyme. Very alive and deeply intense, the dark chocolate and black coffee reach far down into the wine’s structure. A very beautiful wine now, and will only enhance over the next few years by gaining more grace and elegance.