The wine exhibits a lovely depth of red with hues of purple. The aromas are bright, ripe and forward, illustrating berry and black pepper with vanillin oak integration that contributes a cedar quality, thanks to the extended period the wine spent in barrel. The palate is full and generous, dominated by ripe sweet berry and the same cedar oak maturation quality. The flavor is long and round, and finishes with firm, pleasant tannin as a wine of such structure should. We can expect this blend to age gracefully.
* “Audax”, meaning “Bold” in Latin, is Calla Lily’s barrel-selection reserve wine made as a tribute to the pioneers of Napa Valley, many of whom settled in Pope Valley, by our fourth-generation winemaker Cary Gott.