Every year that we get to farm this vineyard and produce this wine I need to pinch myself. The little 2.5-acre patch of vines dating to the 1930s represents the oldest vineyard left in Oakville. Though surrounded by some bigwigs of the Napa Cabernet scene (Harlan, Promontory, Futo, etc.), this vineyard is composed of a varietal mix that harkens to a different, more diverse time in Napa Valley’s history. Composed of Negrette, Petite Sirah, Mondeuse, Zinfandel, Carignan along with a small amount of Chenin Blanc, Malvasia Bianca, Colombard, Semillon and Muscadelle, this wine somehow still screams of Oakville. Dark fruit, suave tannins, a trademark hit of dark cassis fruit, this makes one of my favorite wines every vintage.