2010 Vintage

The 2010 growing season gave our brilliant vineyard management teams the opportunity to really earn the (rather significant) money we pay them to keep Butterdragon and Baconbrook in world class shape. An unusually cool, foggy summer and rampant shoot and lateral growth required many passes to control mildew pressures and keep the canopy open and air circulating. However, opening the canopy, while helping with the predominantly cool temperatures, would prove to be a bit of a challenge when Napa experienced 3 day heat spikes on August 24 and September 28. It was sort of like going outside in the hot sun without your cap on. The resultant dehydration reduced tonnage in what would otherwise have been a pretty big harvest. This unusual weather produced an unusual result for Napa: The grapes' seeds and flavors began to mature while the sugars accumulated more slowly. It usually occurs the other way, sugars first, then the seeds flavors. As a result, ripeness was achieved at lower Brix which should be good news to some of you more traditionalists.

2010 Baconbrook Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml) MV-750-10-BB

Itís a rowdy youngster just come down from the hills of Spring Mountain; our 2010 Baconbrook is big, boisterous, and chock full of flavors of dark cherry fruit, tea leaves and baking spices. If you like them a bit rugged, itís enjoyable now, but 3 to 5 years in the cellar will refine this wine into a sophisticated, complex, long-lived Cabernet, dressed up for the big city, but still true to the tiny mountain vineyard where it was born. 185 cases produced

$68.00 $45.56 On Sale!

2010 Butterdragon Hill Cabernet Sauvignon (750ml) MV-750-10-CS

Lovely, delicate floral aromas compliment the sweet, lush fruit we've come to expect from this vineyard. But unlike many previous vintages, the 2010 Butterdragon possesses a tight, tannic structure that will only be unlocked in the cellar. It's not an early drinking Butterdragon but the good news is we will be enjoying its power and grace for many, many years to come. We bottled 200 cases.

$66.00 $44.22 On Sale!

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