The three vineyards from which this wine is made are laid out across the Southern-most part of the cool Diamond Mountain District and lie between 500 and 1,000ft in elevation. Two are the Schram sections, Napa Valley’s first hillside vineyards, originally established in 1862 by Jacob Schram. The third piece is the adjacent McEachran parcel, first planted in 1878. Flanked by two cool creek canyons — Nash Creek to the north and Ritchie Creek to the south — and surrounded by dense coniferous and deciduous forests, the vines here produce late-ripening, richly concentrated fruit that make for stunning wines. Bright aromas of cassis combine with mulled spice, orange peel and cassia bark on the nose. The palate is dense and complex, aromas of wild blueberry and blackberry mingle with clove and black tea spice, all seamlessly brought together with integrated tannins that sustain a long and luxurious finish.