Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Carneros POV

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Vintage: 2018

Varietals: Merlot & Cabernet Franc

Farming: Organic

The 2018 vintage of POV makes its presence known in an emphatic way. Summer-fresh tart bing cherry, ripe raspberry and blackberry bramble lend a crispness from first sip to last. Secondary notes of rose petal, fresh oregano, forest floor and mocha nod to the terroir of the Mayacamas foothills.

The old Franc vines carry small clusters of beautiful grapes that hang on the vine until late in the season to be picked at optimal ripeness with lower sugar levels than other Napa “Bordeaux” varieties. Blended with the bright and vibrant Merlot from RSV’s organically farmed OSR and Three Amigos Vineyards, the grapes are crushed, destemmed and undergo native yeast fermentation. Aged for two years in the RSV caves before bottling, the wine is then allowed to rest for two more years before release. 24 months in 30% new French oak barrels.