For 2016 the blend is predominantly Blocks 18 & 19, with lesser amounts of Block 23, Block 13, Block 3, and Merlot, each bringing its own unique character to the final blend. Block 23 and Block 3 bring bright red fruits and a richness and depth to the mid palate, Block 13 brings a softness and suppleness to the palate, Blocks 18&19 bring the big structure that underpins this wine, while the Merlot brings deep blue fruit and lengthens the finish. This wine is approachable now with polished and supple tannin that allows the complexities and elegance of this wine to shine.
All of the grapes for our coveted Cabernets come from the TR Passalacqua Vineyard. These prized 19 year old vines are located on the western slope of Dry Creek Valley at a 400-foot elevation. The quality of the fruit comes not only from the exceptional terrain of the vineyard but also from meticulous farming practices. We grow balanced vines, using bunch thinning, leaf pulling, and limited irrigation to ensure the highest quality fruit. We drop fruit at various points in the growing season to promote even ripening, and concentration of flavors. The TR Passalacqua Cabernet is a testament to our belief that truly great wine is made in the vineyard.
14 months in thin-staved French oak, 47% new, 10% once used 43% twice used
now and for 10-12 years from vintage