The 2016 vintage was another drought year for Napa Valley, producing small yields of exceptionally rich, structured fruit. This lithe, dynamic wine opens with a wild bouquet of brambly berries, freshly turned earth and licorice root. Sweet red fruits explode on the palate, with juicy pomegranate and Bing cherry soaring into ripe plum, allspice, mocha and milk chocolate notes. Fine, well-integrated tannins give wonderful grace and texture to the sleek fruit core, which arcs into lingering, mouthwatering finish of bright berry, black tea, and sweet oak spice. Julian Fayard winemaker.