Raspberries, violets and black currents
Inspired by the wines of Bordeaux’s Right Bank, the 2005 Transformation is a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Merlot. The barrel fermentation technique helps to marry the wood into the structure of the wine and permits us to stir the lees in barrel to enhance the supple texture. Firmer elements of the Cabernet Sauvignon also play a role to add structure. It is an earthy, smoky, more subtle expression of the Jaffe vineyard. Transformation shares much in common with the Cabernets of the Rutherford appellation to the south, but has greater aging potential and a more profound integration of distinctive varieties. Fans of the storied Napa vintages of the late 20th century will notice in Transformation the skillful balance supposedly lost to California wines after the turn of the millennium. This wine entices with aromas of raspberries, violets and black currants. The palate is velvet from entry to finish, with red currant, raspberry, blackberry, subtle flavors of allspice and notes of earth and smoke appearing by turns.
Winter rains took pause for a dry, mild March then began again with record-setting precipitation late into the growing season delaying bloom and set. The summer months were cool and pleasant with few heat spikes. Fog and cool temperatures were a concern heading into September as sugar levels were yet to rise in all varieties. Warm, nearly perfect conditions arrived with an Indian Summer making for a later than average harvest, providing winemakers with fruit with extended hang and ultimately realizing excellent sugar development and balanced acids with a larger than average crop of what could be a signature vintages from Napa Valley.