romance of the vine
This wine is a multi-vintage blend of single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc and made in a classic Bordeaux-style. It boasts a deep, dark nose of blackberry, savory roasted meats, and exotic spices and is followed by an beautifully well balanced, rich and complex palate of dark berries, dark chocolate and spice, with a gorgeous, long and velvety finish.
Vineyards: Bingham Ranch is one of the oldest vineyards in the Napa Valley, dating back to the 1850s.
Cabernet: There are three parcels of vines used in our Cabernet, one is 57 years old, another is 37 years old, and the third is 19 years old. It is a small berry clone resulting in very intensely flavored fruit with a rich dark blackberry profile that makes intensely and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon.
Merlot: The merlot was planted in the 1980's, and is on the northern edge of the ranch. It is a small berry clone that benefits from extended hang time for optimal ripeness.
Cab Franc: The Cabernet Franc is the youngest of the three and was t-budded over in 2005 and has quickly grown to produce gorgeous berries with great intensity and structure.
The Wine: Made from some of Napa Valley’s finest grapes and blended to produce a classic Bordeaux-style wine – one you might expect coming from France’s Bordeaux region. All of the fruit was harvested in late October allowing for longer hang time. It was hand sorted, then crushed and de-stemmed into half-ton macro bins. A three-day cold soak was done before fermentation. Hand punched down twice a day during fermentation and then gently pressed off and put into 100% French oak barrels where it was aged.
All the barrels used in making these wines were brand new French oak.
Cabernets – Aged 3 years.
Merlot - Aged 2 years
Cabernet Franc – Aged 2 year
Vineyards & Composition
Bingham Ranch, Napa Valley
40% 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
40% 2010 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
15% 2012 Napa Valley Merlot
5% 2012 Napa Valley Cab Franc
Bottled: October 2016
Released: In late fall 2016
Production: 600 Cases
Double Gold Medal - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 2016 Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Competition