A Goldilocks vintage in Napa, 2019 welcomed spring rains that soaked the soils – similar to 2017 – and set the stage for even, early season growth. June and July proved to be idyllic for the vines with temperatures largely in the 80s. August brought the dog days of summer with sustained but relatively moderate heat gently ripening our tender grapes and providing us a measured lead-in to harvest.
The resulting 2019 Hexameter reflects this spectacular vintage with perfectly poised power and grace. Notes of plum, Rainier cherry and boysenberry all picked at their zenith meld with aromas of rhubarb pie, lavender, sage and forest floor. Layered and redolent, this wine strikes a perfect balance of depth, vibrancy and brawn that will reward for decades to come.
Incredible spring flowers, graphite, chocolate, and assorted blue fruits emerge from the full-bodied, ultra-pure, finesse-driven Cabernet Franc.
Incredible spring flowers, graphite, chocolate, and assorted blue fruits emerge from the full-bodied, ultra-pure, finesse-driven Cabernet Franc. Showing more minerality and scorched earth-like notes on the palate, it has wonderful purity of fruit, building yet polished tannins, and a great finish.
The 2019 Hexameter is a powerful, brooding wine.
The 2019 Hexameter is a powerful, brooding wine that is going to need at least a handful of years to come together. The aromatics, usually so expressive here, are quite hushed. Instead, what stands out is the wine huge core of fruit and structure. The 2019 is quite a bit more reticent than it was from barrel, but Cabernet Franc based wines often shut down hard after bottling. That seems to be the case here. There is certainly a ton to look forward to.