This is Ramey's Napa Valley "reserve" bottling from the best lots in a given vintage, made up of almost three forth's Cabernet Sauvignon and the remaining Cabernet Franc with a very small amount of Malbec. The grapes hail from Oakville 49%, Mt. Veeder 22%, St Helena/Oak Knoll 22%, and Napa Valley 7%. The soils of the Napa Valley are primarily comprised of broken down or decomposed rock. Once harvested the grapes undergo native yeast fermentation as well as full malolactic fermentation. The wine ages sur lies with bi-monthly bâtonnage. The wine then ages for 24 months in 50% new French oak barrels (Taransaud) before being bottled unfiltered.
Aromatically the wine is has bright, ripe red fruits, dried herbs, pencil shavings and fine cocoa powder. The palate has layers of textured tannins, with notes of dried herbs and damp topsoil.