Canard Vineyard Throwback Red 2014, Calistoga Estate, Napa Valley, California

Canard Vineyard has been producing wine commercially in the Napa Valley since 1984. Today 22 acres of vines are planted on the property – it’s a very historic site. Rich and Carolyn Czapleski are only the properties’ 4th owners since the original owner acquired the land from a General Vallejo land grant. The vines at Canard are all head trained, weathered by time, yet still resilient and producing fruit, albeit in small quantities. The vines produce merely between 1 to 2 tons per acre. They are dry farmed – the ground is tilled in the spring and enough moisture remains within the soil for the vines to survive the dry months throughout the Summer and into the Fall. Canard changed their label briefly and then went back to their original label, a ‘throwback’ if you will. Their ‘Throwback’ is a proprietary blend: 2014 – 91% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 3% Cabernet Franc. The wine is dense and full-bodied with rich, smooth tannins. An elegant wine with hints of rose petals, black currant, Asian spice and crushed clove dominating the nose. Full-bodied all the way through the mid palate with a velvety finish of black fruits, vanilla bean and frankincense, Aged in French oak to create a long-term, age-worthy blend.