Hillside Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards on Diamond and Howell Mountain, as well as Mount Veeder, contributed to the blend along with valley floor fruit from Rutherford and St. Helena. The first vintage of Oroppas was in 1991, and over the years it’s become a style icon for St. Clement – a rich, opulent Bordeaux-style blend that showcases some of the best fruit in the Napa Valley and emphasizes concentration, depth and velvety tannins. The key to Oroppas is having a palate of consistent flavor profiles and tannin structures to work with. One of the things to mention about this memorable Harvest was the early spring frost that we had in May. Luckily, the frost had little to no impact on many of our valley floor vineyards. Color and tannin extraction have been ideal this harvest. While lower yields produced smaller berry size and good concentration.
|Wine Style:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September – October, 2008|
|Bottling Date:||June 2010|
Fresh, complex and fruit forward, this wine opens with aromas of cranberry, black cherry and notes of coffee. On the palate, vivid fruit flavors evolve to bittersweet chocolate, cola and licorice. Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot were blended in to enhance the structure and mid-palate weight. The soft tannins are complemented by an espresso finish. Each lot was aged separately in 75 percent new French oak for nineteen months, and blended together before bottling.