||Napa Valley?s 2006 vintage began with a wet winter that extended into spring, delivering more than twice the average rainfall for March and nearly four times the April average. The precipitation delayed bloom, but once the skies cleared, the vines had good fruit set and progressed slowly and steadily through slightly warmer than usual June weather. In July, a brief hot spell of four consecutive days over 100°F had the effect of putting the vines ?on hold? before ripening continued when mild weather returned in August. Lower temperatures extended through September and October, with some fog and cloudy days. Overall, the 2006 growing season was significantly cooler than average, and harvest began generally later. Because we sourced grapes for this blend from several regions of Napa Valley, picking ran from August 30 through October 15 as each vineyard ripened. All the fruit was in the winery before light rains in early November. Crop levels for 2006 were average and thanks to the long hang time, which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly, quality was excellent. Nearly half the grapes for this wine were harvested from Oakville vineyards, with a good measure from the famed To Kalon Vineyard on the well-draining alluvial bench surrounding the winery. About one-quarter of the blend was sourced from the Stags Leap District. The balance came from several Napa Valley regions with a variety of microclimate conditions and soils ranging from alluvial to lean volcanics. The resulting wine has a complex flavor profile that captures the best of Napa Valley.
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