Barrett and Barrett, two renowned and distinct winemakers working together, finally, is really what this wine is all about. The result is a handcrafted, limited edition Napa Valley wine that reflects our two different, yet complementary, winemaking styles.
Bo is responsible for "farming for flavor" throughout the growing season. Bo's experience growing Cabernet in these Calistoga vineyards since 1973 draws upon decades of experience to get the grapes to their maximum potential for each harvest. Whether it’s a very hot vintage or a slow cool one, after 35 years Bo has probably seen it before and knows how to get the grapes ready for the vintage. Once we get into harvest, we pretty much agree on the style we are going for reflecting the weather and growing season.
From the first glance, you can tell this wine is something profound. It is extremely dark all the way to the edge of the glass, with a dense purple-red color. Powerful aromas of rich black fruits, berry and plum burst from the glass, layered with lots of mineral and cedar. Upon release the 2010 is huge on the palate, with massive spicy briar notes and mouth-filling texture. Initially it shows extremely intense cassis flavor, which expands, coats the mouth and goes on and on. This vineyard always expresses a spicy character (5 spice, cardamom, cedar) and in the 2010 it's incredibly concentrated. The finish is lengthy and persists with dark, opulent flavors of blackberry jam and licorice. The care we took in growing and making this wine is evident all the way through, from the distinctive vineyard character to the elegant winemaking reflecting the intensity of the 2010 vintage.