This wine was produced from our winery vineyard on the western-side of Howell mountain. The vines were replanted in the 70's and now show a high level of maturity and consistency. These qualities are further enhanced by the western facing location. We use the most modern fermentation concept of horizontal rotary fermenters to extract all the positive components and manage tannin extraction. Winemaker's comments: This vintage was close to our normal harvest dates. Our mountain-side vineyards are always 2 3 weeks ahead of the Valley floor because of their excellent drainage which moves the entire growing season ahead. The wine shows the complexity of the five-varietal blend. The vintage of 2004 was marked by nearly ideal conditions throughout. This means the fruit from our vineyard, which normally has a spicy personality, is more towards the bright fruit character. The flavors are concentrated and the finish has a lingering effect. All the aromas are in balance with the wine's 100% French oak barrel aging influence.