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Indigo – ai represents the color indigo in the Japanese language and has been used in the ancient art of textile dyeing for thousands of years. Derived from plant material, indigo is a rare commodity, just as the wine that bears its name. With aging, both ai and indigo evolve and soften in texture and expression. Selected from the most superb blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon and enhanced by additional Bordeaux components, this wine is the boldest expression of the estate’s potential.

96 points ~ The Wine Enthusiast
96 points ~ James Suckling

Purchase ai

Mod-Sml

“This is very reserved at first, before it suddenly opens up with pure currants, underbrush, licorice, tar, crushed stones and dark chocolate shavings. The plush fruit of the vintage is there to be beheld, but it's so compact and beautifully framed by structured tannins. Lovely acidity drives the palate through to a long, chewy finish. Sexy.”

 JAMES SUCKLING ON AI

 

2015

Awards

96 points | The Wine Enthusiast
96 points | James Suckling

Color

Deep burgundy

Bouquet

Wild blackberries, vanilla bean, cedar, blood orange, slate, white pepper

Palate

Savory, well-structured, balanced acidity, silky, well-integrated tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (92%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Malbec (2%), Merlot (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2014

Color

Rich maroon

Bouquet

Wild blackberries, vanilla bean, cedar, blood orange, white pepper, slate

Palate

Savory, well-structured, balanced acidity, delicate tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Merlot (4%), Cabernet Franc (2%), Malbec (2%), Petit Verdot (2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

15.2% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 50% new French oak, 50% neutral French oak

2013

Awards

97 points | James Suckling

Color

Rich maroon

Bouquet

Sweet cinnamon, dried apricot, orange zest

Palate

White pepper, sage, thyme flanked by austere tannins

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (90%), Malbec (7%), Cabernet Franc (1.5%), Merlot (1.5%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak

2012

Color

Dark ruby red

Bouquet

Black pepper, crushed granite, cocoa, new leather, plum preserves and cinnamon

Palate

Firm tannins give way to plum and blackberry, followed by medium acidity on the mid-palate and a lush finish

Origin

Estate Bottled, Napa Valley

Vintner

Kenzo Tsujimoto

Winemaker

Heidi Barrett

Viticulturist

David Abreu

Cépage

Cabernet Sauvignon (87%), Merlot (6.5%), Petit Verdot (4.4%), Cabernet Franc (2.2%)

Volume

1.5L, 750ml, 375ml

Alcohol

14.8% 

Barrel Aging

20 months in 60% new French Oak, 40% neutral French Oak