Blending is one of the most enjoyable, creative aspects of winemaking. Fitting different lots together is, to us, much like solving a puzzle.
We really liked how equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc meld together to create a wine distinguishable in subtle varietal nuances but in summation creates an epic story of two relatives both very similar and both very different. Cabernet Sauvignon generally portrays itself as more muscular in body, tannin and alcohol than Cabernet Franc, which typically unveils itself as more fragrant and fruit driven in nature – but when put together can be very well matched.
Our label design is from an original 1876 French engraving of felines in battle. This visual certainly got our attention and spoke to us much like Cabernet Franc standing up to Cabernet Sauvignon. And while the scene unfolding certainly does portray a battle of sorts, it is also fair to say there is no clear cut leader in terms of dominance, only an epic story unfolding that is sure to peak your senses and curiosity much like the wine in the bottle.
This war is finally over.
Appellation: Napa Valley
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Cabernet Franc
18 Months in (2 Year Old) French & American Oak