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2016 Proof Red

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2016 Proof Red

After five years of helping to care for this treasure trove of a vineyard, we have been given the opportunity to make wine from the oldest and rarest red vines.  Picking is a pleasant family activity.  Our son and a friend help us to weave between the “greens” to find the “blues.”  The orchards that ring this site serve up a ready snack of crisp apples.  A good morning’s work will yield enough for one barrel.  This is enough.  That single barrel will be the most closely watched, cared for, and tasted one of the harvest.  We are learning so much from this vineyard and from the people who have preserved it as it was 100 years ago. 

The wine?  Simply put, it is unlike anything from the rest of Napa Valley.  All of the ripeness and opulence that Napa offers is there, yet there is an added dimension; a compelling sense of place, that is unique.  When we open a bottle in our kitchen, we can easily smell the crushed berries (cherry and blackberry) and spices (cinnamon and star-anise) from 10 feet away. 

Proof Red is immense, complex and absolutely enjoyable. 

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