The spectacular growing conditions in 2014 led to a superb fruit quality. Warm, sunny days, cool nights and perfect conditions all year long left encouragement that some superb wines would be in barrel.
Vineyards: Two exemplary Oakville sites – on opposite sides of the tiny appellation, frame the 2014 release. On the eastern side of the AVA, downslope from Harlan, we find the site of the Textbook Merlot, abutting the verdant Mayacamas mountains. Textbook “Page-Turner” pulls its Cabernet Sauvignon portion from a very special site located on the extreme eastern side of the Oakville District AVA abutting the rugged and dry Vaca Mountain range, next door to Screaming Eagle. This sub-section of the Oakville AVA is renowned fro superb, richly-textured Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The terrain is characterized by steep hills which bask in warm sunny afternoons offering an ideal growing environment. Soil profiles include gravelly alluvium (eroded off the nearby mountains) covered by shallow gravelly loam and in some places interspersed with large boulders. These sites are quite infertile and well-drained. Planted in the early 1980’s and 1990’s these two sites clonal material include heritage selections.
“Page-Turner” reflects the eagerness we feel each time we taste it. It beckons for another sip and we believe it is a “textbook” example of these noble varieties grown in this outstanding appellation.