The 2008 Holy Smoke shows the alluring vibrancy of a young vineyard coming into its own. After extensive research on this vineyard site in the Oakville Appellation, we chose to plant Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 4. The exceptional synergy between this clone and site contributes to a wonderfully bold and complex, single-vineyard Napa Valley Cabernet. Appealing Oakville characteristics of bright and jammy red fruit glide into big, clean, syrah-like spice enveloped by licorice flavors to create an exciting mid-palate experience. The soft tannins, a hallmark of winemakerPaul Steinauer, are firm and fully integrated into this wine, leading to a long and supple finish with layers of aromas and a delightful hint of vanilla oak. The 2008 Holy Smoke will cellar beautifully for the next several years.