Recognizing the Stice Lane Vineyard as a site capable of producing Cabernet Sauvignon with classic Napa Valley character, the Rombauer Family produced their first wine from this site with the 2004 Vintage. They were so please with the quality of the fruit from the vineyard, they purchased the site a year later.
Stice Lane Vineyard in St. Helena was once a source for some of Bealieu Vineyard's top wines. A former River bed, the site's gravel deposits provide ideal soils for growing concentrated, full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. This single-vineyard designate is produced from the D Block, planated in the property's southwest corner in 1995. The Vineyard is Napa Green/Fish Friendly Farming certified.
2015 brought the earliest harvest in our 35-year history. Yields were down overall, but prolonged warm weather resulted in exceptional fruit quality and richly flavored wines. Sustainable farming practices were tailored to each block with the assistance of NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. All fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard, then transported by refrigerated trucks to our winery in Napa Valley.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. The wine was 100% barrel-fermented to provide a more textured palate and silky tannins. The wine was gently basket-pressed before being racked to French oak barrels for aging.
This dee[ purple-black wine enchants with aromas of cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate and sweet tobacco. The palate exhibits flavors of cassis and strawberries, along with molasses and a mineral character. Smooth tannins mark the long finish.