The color is deep garnet. 2016 Nicolette Christopher opens with enticing notes of cassis, dark berries, cherries, rosemary, vanilla and baking spices in the aroma. On the palate, the wine continues to build on the aromas with plums, red cherry, cocoa, sandalwood, and caramel. The freshness of the acidity, density of fruit and silky texture are a refined expression of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Four tons of Cabernet Sauvignon was crushed on September 12, 2016. The wine is composed of fruit grown in Vittorio’s Vineyard in St Helena. The fruit came from beautifully farmed, properly cropped, and balanced vines. The wine was produced in small open topped fermentors and underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrels to enhance mouthfeel. It was aged 22 months in French oak barrels, one third of which were new.
Bottling occurred on June 2, 2018, only 250 cases were produced.