AuburnJames has been working with fruit from the Bella Vista vineyard in Calistoga since 2006. The block that supplied 28% of the fruit in this blend is east facing hillside fruit that gets great hang time and matures into a bold dark Cabernet. 13% Cabernet Sauvignon was added from Coombsville, where it is cooler and the fruit develops a less fruit forward more old-world complexity that adds to the overall palate impact. The Merlot and Malbec from the La Cerezas valley floor vineyard in Yountville add vibrant red fruit flavors and with both Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, complete our goal of a wellbalanced complex wine. The 2013 wine was aged solely in French Oak and blended four months before bottling in order to ensure complete integration.