2005 Metamorphosis


Medium ruby


Blackberry, cherry, anise, marzipan, gingerbread and vanilla.


Supple tannins extend from the entry to the finish without showing a rough edge.  Polish and balance is the theme for this delicious wine.  The palate delights with ripe, juicy flavors of black cherry, raspberry, red currant and white tea.  The finish is extended by a suggestion of vanilla and spice. This is a thoroughly contemporary bottling made in a traditional style which reinterprets qualities that made Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon famous: balance, elegance, ripeness, restraint and longevity.

Growing Season:

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.

Production Notes

David DeSante
Source of Grapes
100% St. Helena Appellation, 100% Napa Valley, 100% Estate Grown
Blending Detail
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot
Brix at Harvest
.56 / 3.70