Vintage 2015
Wine Type Red
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Mark Beringer
 

95 Points, Wine Advocate

“Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Lampyridae Vineyard leaps from the glass with crushed blueberries and black currant notes over hints of Provence herbs, tapenade, pencil lead and black soil plus a touch of aniseed. Full-bodied, firm, muscular and almost impenetrable at this youthful stage, it offers glimpses at the blue fruit and earthy layers waiting to emerge, finishing with persistent pepper and fired herbs notes. Consider forgetting this one in the cellar for 3-4 years and drinking it over the next 15+.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate

94 Points, James Suckling

“Characters of intense purple fruits and purple olive tapenade. This has an edge of mint and roasted herbs with sweeter oak spices and a deep- set slate-like minerality. The palate has a rounder feel with a thread of rich plums, black cherries and chocolate. Some cola-like notes to close. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling

Vineyard Note

Lampyridae, “firefly” in Latin, is Napa’s highest vineyard at approximately 2400 ft elevation.  This picturesque vineyard is high above the fog layer and has longer hours of sunshine and warmer nights, but days are cooler than the lower elevation vineyards.  On clear days you can see all the way to San Francisco.  One of the newest vineyards in the Private Reserve line-up, it shows incredible depth of flavor and intense, unique black fruit characters. 

Vintage Notes

The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter, common in recent years, was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit for winemakers. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.

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