The thin, rocky volcanic soils at Mayacamas, in the Mt. Veeder district of western Napa, decrease vigor, producing small, concentrated berries. Mild summers and cold winters further intensify flavors. After two and half years in wood (a year and a half in large oak casks, then one year in 60 gallon oak barrels) the wine exhibits classic structure, with balanced acids and tannins. Pure berries fill the nose with undercurrents of Mt. Veeder licorice and bay. On the palate, the fruit tends toward the dark, blackberry and black cherry, with hints of pepper and mint. Decant now or cellar for seven or more years.