Lovely lift to the primary aromas of black cherry, plum, licorice and smoke. Sweet on entry, then dense but nicely delineated in the mid-palate, with a juicy quality to the youthful dark berry and espresso flavors. The finish is long...
Harris Estate Vineyards in the Calistoga AVA of Napa Valley. The winery owns 48 acres of vineyards divided into three parcels. It was established in 1997 when Mike and Treva Harris bought a wooded property that had once been a school for boys. Harris, a former pediatric dentist, is a San Francisco native with an interest in wine. The winemaker is Thomas Rivers Brown, who has also made wine at Turley as well as consulting for numerous Napa Valley producers. Harris Estate makes primarily single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.
Napa Valley AVA is the most famous winemaking region in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. With nearly 43,000 acres of vineyards and more than 300 wineries, it is the heart of fine wine production in the United States. Winemaking started in Napa in 1838 when George C. Yount planted grapes and began producing wine commercially. Other winemaking pioneers followed in the late 19th century, including the founders of Charles Krug, Schramsberg, Inglenook and Beaulieu Vineyards. An infestation of phylloxera, an insect that attacks vine roots, and the onset of Prohibition nearly wiped out the nascent Napa wine industry in the early 20th century. But by the late 1950s and early 1960s Robert Mondavi and other visionaries were producing quality wines easily distinguishable from the mass-produced jug wines made in California’s Central Valley. Napa Valley’s AVA was established in 1983, and today there are 16 sub-appellations within the Napa Valley AVA. Many grapes grow well in Napa’s Mediterranean climate, but the region is best known for Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay is also very successfully cultivated, and about 30% of the AVA’s acreage is planted to white grapes, with the majority of those grapes being Chardonnay,
One of the most widely grown grape varieties, it can be found in nearly every wine growing region. A cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a hardy vine that produces a full-bodied wine with high tannins and great aging potential.