To Kalon, the granddaddy of them all. Heralded far and wide since the middle-1800’s for producing wines of distinction, this may be the most storied vineyard in the Valley–and it’s worthy of the hype. We pick from 2 rows in each blocks “A1,” “B1,” and “D1,” giving us an array of flavors from diverse clonal stock and vine age. The soils on this famed alluvial fan run from cobble-pitted loams at the base of the Mayacamas to finer-grained silt toward the highway where the bench levels out towards the Napa River. The flavors are quintessentially Oakville and tell the story of the Napa Valley. Deep, dark, and fully ripened berries, redolent with compote and spice, whiffs of cola, tobacco, and espresso bean with the tell tale aroma of black olive. The body is unmistakeable, dominating the palate and finishing with mouth-coating, long, lingering tannins with just enough bitter to sustain the beauty of the fruit.